for anyone who served in Co. A, 321st ASA BN:
Co. A had its own small separate compound located in the middle of, what was the 1st Cavalry Division area until mid-1965 when 1st Cav was replaced by the 2nd Infantry Division. The compound was called Camp Beaumont (but practically nobody ever knew the name). It was adjacent to the town of Yongjukol in Paju-gun region of Kyongi Province. The compound was directly across a stream from the CC1 recreational compound. You can see the location of A Co. and its intercept sites on the map. Click here to see map. The total strength of A Co. averaged about 60, in the early 1960s, with all but three or four being enlisted personnel. By the end of the sixties the strength of Co. A had nearly doubled to about 120 men.
In the summer of 1960 the perimeter fence consisted of nothing more than triple concertina wire and the only buildings that weren't quonset huts were the motor pool, mess hall, Officer's/NCO/EM club (one club for all), and main office. Operations was a quonset and everybody slept in quonsets except the officers.... Those poor bastards had tents. I always thought it strange that the EM slept in better accommodations than the CO. Perhaps that's because the EM were the ones who did all the REAL work.
A lot of construction went on at A Co. during the 1960-62 period and all the temporary buildings were replaced by permanent cinder block buildings. A permanent cyclone fence was also erected, replacing the barbed wire. Operations moved into a permanent building the winter of 1961. A permanent barracks for the enlisted personnel and a (combined) Officer's and NCO quarters were finished the following winter. This greatly improved the officer's accommodations, allowing them to move up from tents to quonsets to a permanent BOQ in rapid succession. Everyone would now be warmer in winter and cooler in summer.... Air conditioning had finally arrived.
This photo of the main gate was taken in the spring of 1962. It shows the guard shack (left), which was probably the only all-wood structure on the compound. Come to think of it, the guard shack was outside the compound, wasn't it. Also shown are the operations building (in the distance, behind the truck) and the company office (to the right of the gate).
This is a photo of the center asile of the (then new) EM barracks. It was also taken in the spring of 1962.
This photo of the entire compound was also taken in the spring of 1962. It was taken from the hill to the east of the compound, looking down on the compound. The Korean orphanage the company sponsored is in the foreground. If you want to see a blow-up of this photo, just click on it.
And, for anyone who happened to be in Co. A the winter of 1960-61, perhaps you're in this group photo. The CO was Capt. Carr, who is just about in the center. The XO was 1Lt. Reynolds, who is on Capt. Carr's right. I just wish I could remember the names of more than the five or six I do remember. To see a really big blow-up of this picture, just click on it. Anyone who recognizes anybody in this picture, please e-mail me.
And for all you guys who'll never forget it, above is a photo of (what was then) the thriving mud-street town of Yongjukol. Brings back fond memories don't it? Remember all that kimchi? Remember all those... "medical problems" that seemed to somehow originate there? The picture was taken in 1962 from a rooftop overlooking the intersection. The street to the left goes to the bridge over the stream, and is the route back to A Co. Looking down the street to the west, in the direction of the 7th Cav. compound, you can see Charlie Block, the hill in the upper-right corner of the photo. We used to use it for a COMSEC monitoring site, but there was no permanent installation there.
For those of you who were in A Co. a little later, during the 2nd Division era, here is a photo of Yongjukol taken from the mountain to the north of town. It was taken in 1967.
Click here to see additional A Co. photos supplied by Milton Wardrop.
Click here to see additional A Co. photos supplied by David Noyes.
Click here to see additional A Co. photos supplied by Gary Clark.
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