Seoul American alumni take trip down memory lane during Yongsan reunion
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Former Seoul American High School students remembered tear gas and discos as they gathered this month for a reunion that brought together representatives of classes from 1965 to 2003 on the main U.S. military base in the South Korean capital.
The 10-day homecoming, which began Sept. 6, drew more than 130 alumni to get a glimpse of their former stomping grounds before the Army garrison school closes as part of the long-delayed relocation of most U.S. forces south of Seoul.
Robin Herget, who graduated in 1986, traveled from Chicago for the reunion. She went to school for six years in two separate stints on the base when her father, an Army pilot and U.S. Embassy defense attache, was deployed here.
“That was a lot of time to spend here so this is a pretty influential place for me,” Herget, 50, said Sunday during a guided walking tour of Yongsan’s South Post. “We took it for granted and didn’t appreciate it, but this was a really cool opportunity as a kid to get to experience all of this.”
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