Today I had the privilege
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
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
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
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
Please let the 73rd
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
Beavers Photos on Drop Box.
1/73rd Armor, 7th Inf Div
Beavers Sep 1963 – Sep 1964