Fort Beavers Korea

1963-1964
28 September 2013
Annyeonghaseyo George,
 
Thank you for keeping the 73rd legacy alive and your service to country.
 
LTC Nam extended an invitation to all 73rd members to revisit Camp Beavers.  He asked whether a group reunion would be of interest to the association. Something to think about.  Getting to Beavers today is a lot easier than in our day.  The Seoul subway goes all the way out to Soyosan (end of the line) which is about a 10-15 minute taxi ride to Beavers.  Once you turn off at the Hantan River Bridge you will immediately know where you are.  The tank trail still follows along the road from camp.  Needless to say I was excited when I saw this.  The road through post is now public and there is not much on the hill where HQ and HHC were located, their HQ is located at the foot of the hill.  Our old BN maintenance as you will recall was at the foot of the hill and so is theirs.
 
Until my visit they were unaware of the history of Beavers and that the 73rd had been based there.  They were extremely interested in the pictures I brought along and my story about the base.  Hopefully by sharing our memory will live on and the next trooper that shows up on their doorstep will be surprised they know about his old unit.
 
Before coming to Korea I made contact with the 2ID and they contacted ROKA for my visit.  On arrival though at the front gate no one had a clue I would be visiting.  Luckily they called in LTC Nam who spoke great English and it went smoothly from there.
 
We will be return home on Tuesday and I'll add additional items to the Dropbox folder and let you know when they are ready.
 
It was a wonderfully feeling to return to my "first" duty station and standing looking down the valley towards the Hantan River, lots of memories came rolling back.  It was worth the effort of this trip.  Korea has forever changed from our youth and continues to march forward.  The US presence in Korea is almost invisible as I suppose it should be.
 
All the Best,
 
Lewis
 
 
 
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28 September 2013

 

 

Good Morning Col Nam,

 

First, my sincere appreciation for allowing me to visit with your Command the 38th Tank Battalion on Thursday, 26 Sep 2013.  You and your staff were the prefect host and extended a very Korean welcome to a stranger arriving at your gate.

 

            Although it had been 50 years since my first arrival at Camp Beavers; as it was know during my tour of duty in 1963-64, the camp was still recognizable to me and I felt as if I was stepping back in time to my youth.  Standing in front of the old headquarters building location brought back fond memories of my time at Camp Beavers.  The valley remains primarily the same as it was in 63-64 with the exception now the hills are lush with trees.  I cannot recall one tree standing on Camp Beavers or in the surrounding area and now mature trees are everywhere.

 

Thank you for taking time from your schedule to walk the base with me and allowing me to sharing photographs and stories from my tour of duty.  I set up an Internet folder with the photos as requested so you will be able to download them (a separate email with the URL for the folder will be dispatched).

 

            I shared my visit with the 73rd Armor Association (http://fortbeavers.tripod.com/id43.html) and advise the group that our old Camp Beavers is still active with a Tank Unit, standing tall awaiting the call to arms.  Our legacy lives on with the 38th standing watch as we did those long years ago.

 

            Please extend my sincere appreciation to Major Lee and your staff for making my visit such a wonderful success. 

 

                                                            Sincerely Yours,

 

 

Cleveland Lewis Witt,

Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired)

1/73rd Armor, 7th Inf Div

Camp Beavers, Korea

Sep 1963 – Sep 1964

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26 September 2013

 

Dear Curt,

 

Today I had the privilege of a visit with ROK Army 38th Tank Battalion residing at Ole Camp Beavers.  This month, 50 years ago, I arrived Camp Beavers and the 73rd, what a memorable trip down memory lane for this old soldier this visit was.  LTC Nam, Kyoung Jung, BN Commander and his staff extended a very courtesy welcome to a returning soldier to his old base, which was facilitated by the 2nd ID Museum Staff.  We lunched in his mess and then walked the base area and to my surprise still standing are a number of buildings from my tour of 63-64.  The “O” Club is standing but not in use and one of the BOQ buildings is now the base Chapel.  HQ is long gone with just the base of the flagpoles remaining. 

 

The 38th Tank Battalion, 36th Mech Division fights with the K1 our Abrams M1.  The valley we were tucked into has withstood the pace of time and is still recognizable.  The hills though are wooded and were very beautiful this time of year.  A public road separates the tank unit from its support units much as in our time.  Once you reach the Hantan River though you see the tremendous build-up of the area.  LTC Nam said it was still a very cold place in winter especially with the wind from the North.

 

The 1st Cav monument is still standing, though not in its original location.  Road construction/upgrades required it be relocated slightly to make way for progress.  It still sits near the 38th Parallel. 

 

Please let the 73rd members know Beavers is still there as a fighting Armor unit, standing tall waiting for the call to arms

 

I sent you a link to my Camp Beavers Photos on Drop Box.

 

 

 

C. Lewis Witt

MSG, USA Retired

HHC, 1/73rd Armor, 7th Inf Div

Camp Beavers Sep 1963 – Sep 1964

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Courtesy Lewis Witt
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1st Bn 73 Armor HQ
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ROK 38th Tank Battalion
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ROK 38th Tank Battalion
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2013 BOQ Area now Chapel
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2013 Front Gate
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2013 original 73rd Armor HQ area
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2013 original 73rd Armor HQ area
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Bridge
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Countryside
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Countryside
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Countryside
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Lewis & Freddie 1964
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Lewis
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Lewis
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Lewis
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2013 Officers Club Remnants
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Officers Club back in the day
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2013 Parade Field
Courtesy Lewis Witt
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Recon Platoon
2-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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View Is West From B Company, Village of Taejoni In Distance
5-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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View Is West From B Company
8-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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View From North Ridge Of Valley
11-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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View From North Ridge Of Valley
14-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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M-48 Tank Headed West On Main Post Road
17-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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9-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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View From North Ridge Of Valley
12-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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Looking Down On Athletic Field & Medical
15-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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HHC Company Area
Courtesy of Ronald Sportsman
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Courtesy Lewis Witt
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!st Cav Marker
Courtesy Lewis Witt
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Bn Formation 1953
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Camp Beavers
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Guard Inspection
Courtesy Lewis Witt
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2013 original 73rd Armor HQ area
Courtesy Lewis Witt
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K1 Tank
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Bridge
Courtesy Lewis Witt
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Countryside
Courtesy Lewis Witt
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Countryside
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Lewis
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Lewis
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Lewis
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Lewis
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Lewis & Capt Beavers Portrait
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Lewis
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2013 original 73rd Armor HQ area from rear
Courtesy Lewis Witt
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2013 Transit Map
1-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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Athletic/Parade Field, Chapel Foreground
4-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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M-48 Tank On Field Exercise
7-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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Helicopter Pad East Of Battalion HQ
10-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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View From North Ridge Of Valley
13-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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Officers Club On Left, Jeep In Front HHC Orderly Room
16-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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B Company Interior
Courtesy Of David Sabie
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Panarama From North Ridge Of Valley
3-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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Laundry Outside Of Taejoni
6-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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Athletic/Parade Field
18-Courtesy Of David Sabie
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Mess Hall

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