Korean Service Corps paramilitary members pose beside a tribute to fallen KSC members during a rededication ceremony for the monument at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, June 9, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
Korean Service Corps paramilitary members pose beside a tribute to fallen KSC members during a rededication ceremony for the monument at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, June 9, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

Korean Service Corps rededicates monument to little known heroes who support troops on peninsula

by Matthew Keeler
Stars and Stripes

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The Korean Service Corps Battalion recently unveiled its memorial monument at a rededication ceremony after relocating the solid stone tribute south to its new headquarters at Camp Humphreys.

In 1985, the monument was established on Camp Kim, a small base just outside the gates of Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. Camp Kim closed in 2018 and was converted into a center for visitors to learn about base history at the new Yongsan Park Gallery.

“Not long after the Korean War broke out, Lt. Gen. Walton A. Walker quickly reached the conclusion that combat troops needed help in critical areas of logistics,” Eighth Army commander Lt. Gen. Michael Bills said in his dedication speech Sunday.

On July 25, 1950, South Korean President Syngman Rhee established what would become the Korean Service Corps to provide critically needed support to the beleaguered U.S. forces in Korea, Bills said. Four U.S. divisions, driven south by North Korean troops, were holding a perimeter that month around the port city known today as Busan.

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