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Readers Respond: Experiences at Osan Air Base, South Korea

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Have you ever been to or stationed at Osan Air Base, South Korea? Tell us all about your experiences. Share Your Experiences

Skivvy Nine

Assigned to 6903 Security Sq, 75-76, worked in maint section admin. Fantastic remote tour. LOL
—Guest Jim

Charlie S/SGT

I WAS AT OSAN FROM APR.59 TO APR.60. I WORKED IN MAINT. HANGAR AS A GUIDANCE REPAIR TECH. WITH THE MATADOR TM61C. WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 310TH TAC MISSILE SQDRON. WHO WAS THERE WITH ME AND CAN REMEMBER THE 1ST MISSILE LAUNCHED FROM KOREA? HOW SECRET THE LAUNCH DATE WAS, AND THE CROWD OF KOREANS THAT WAS THERE TO WATCH IT. I HAD A LOT MEMORIES OF MY TIME THERE , SOME GOOD AND SOME BAD. IF ANYONE WAS THERE WITH ME I WOULD SHURE LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.
—Guest Charles R. Waugh

Matador missle

I was stationed at K55 Osan fron 8/59 thru 9//60 as an auto track radar tech/operator for the MSQ! guidance system for the TM 61c Matador missles that were there at the time. Our alert shack and barraks (which were the same korean war quanson huts mentioned above) were isolated from the main part of the base. They were on what was then called "honcho" hill which, untill we arrived was reserved for master sergents. They didn't like us very much.....We worked shifts, there was a crew was on duty 24/7and the chow hall was about a mile away and our usual mode of transportation was our feet or the back of a 6x6 truck. we kept a supply of sardines and crackers in our lockers for when it was too cold to go to chow..I still love them. ....There were "business girls" all over the place and their going rate was $2 and you could play now and pay later if they knew you. ( I just heard about this of course) ...There was no personal cars, everyone used the crowded buses and 0x carts .
—Guest Cal collier

Tour of duty at Osan and Kunsan AB 1962-

Was stationed at Osan and Kunsan from 1962 until 63. Was with Detachment 2, 39th Air Division. Headquarters in Misawa Japan but was attached to So. Korea. Had quonset huts with stoves with jerry cans of oil for heat. Holes in wall so wide we stuffed them with rags to keep the cold winter out. Had drainage ditches 4 to 6 ft wide and when responding to alerts in middle of night had to be sure where you were running otherwise you ended up in the ditch. Winters were cold and windy and summers were hot and steamy. Loved the Korean people but never could get used to the smell of Kimchi on everyone. when transferred to Kunsan would catch a flight with one of our pilots back up to Osan to see friends. I see from pictures posted recently how much all of So. Korea has changed. One time took a train from Osan to Kunsan and then a ferry across to Kunsan. That was an experience. Ferry was so overloaded the water was washing up onto the deck. anyway all in all was an education.
—Guest Lou Salaun

Old Days 1960-1961

The day of arrival was December 24,1960; Snow was gently falling; 18 years old and never been out of Milwaukee. The first shower consisted of water and rust. my living quarters was a Quonsan Hut with 20 men. Three stoves using "Jerry" cans and if one of the stoves went out during the night we froze. I was trained as a Construction Draftsman and upon reporting was sent to Management Analysis as a Illustrator/Artist. We worked day and night and trashed all the clocks but kept my "FIGMO" calendar. Our Command leaders trained during the winter for possible North Korean military activities. The siren would blow at 0230 in the Winter and we would respond to our assignment. The base has six feet wide drainage ditches and we would jump over them enroute to our battle assignment. The only way I knew what the day of the week was are the bells of our church Sunday Morning. I never was allowed off the Base because of Duties, lack of money or Korea change of leadership. Reassignment:Keesler
—Guest Patrick O'Connor

tour of duty at Osan, AB Korea

I was stationed at Osan 1967-68. Loved the tour of duty in the 6314 SPRON.. Msgt Cook was in charge, Capts Sharp, Maj Eldon Cox was the police commander.Worked town patol..Lots of changes at Osan and off base clubs. Would love to hear from anyone who was there with me..
—Guest Alfred

Visit at the pharmacy

I had the most unpleasent experience at the pharmacy.A female in the airforce with the last name of Nelson was extremely rude and ignored every question that I had asked her.She said she didnt even have to fill my perscription so she wasent going to listen to what was wrong with it.She laughed and told me there was nothing I could do.I went back to the er to find out that she did give me the wrong medicine,and they told me that this isnt the first time this has happened.Be careful very scary especially with small children.
—Guest Faith

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