The War Memorial of Korea, Panmunjom, Demilitarized Zone, Camp Bonifas, Joint Security Area, 8th Army HQ in Yongsan, Seoul: 30 September 2003

Photographs by Neil Mishalov and Ms. Hae-Kyung (Michelle) Kim

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Tuesday, 30 September, 7:10 a.m.: After a short subway ride, I'm walking to 8th Army HQ in the Yongsan district of Seoul. Straight ahead: Seoul Tower on Namsan Peak The War Memorial of Korea is a 10 minute walk from 8th Army HQ This is a very moving work of art
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It depicts South Korean soldiers on the offensive during the Korean war
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Main building, The War Memorial of Korea This is another very emotional work of art. It depicts two Korean brothers, one a South Korean Lieutenant, the other a North Korean enlisted man, who meet on the battlefield
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The War Memorial of Korea has an excellent display of some of the large weapons that were used during the Korean War. This is a gun used by the North Koreans. It was made in the Soviet Union An anti-aircraft weapon made in the Soviet Union A 122mm gun made in the Soviet Union
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A 40mm anti-aircraft gun made in the United States An 85mm anti-aircraft gun made in the Soviet Union A 75mm Mountain Howitzer made in the People's Republic of China; used by the "Chinese People's Volunteers."
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A 57mm anti-aircraft gun. Made in the People's Republic of China 90mm Anti-Aircraft Gun. Made in the United States of America 37mm Anti-Aircraft Gun. Made in the Soviet Union
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T-59 Tank. Made in the People's Republic of China The famous and feared T-34 Tank. Made in the Soviet Union The T-34 Tank. This tank design was a break-through in engineering and conception. Its basic designs are still used now. It was first used in combat in July, 1941
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M-47 (Patton)Tank. Made in the United States of America M4A3 (Sherman) Tank. Made in the United States of America Hawk Anti-Aircraft Missile. Made in the United Staes of America
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The deadly and fearsome Katusha (Stalin's Organ) rocket launcher. Made in the Soviet Union A Scud 8 missile. Made in the Soviet Union Helicopters and planes
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An American made fighter jet F-51 Fighter. Made in the United States of America B-52 Bomber. Made in the United States of America
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The Korean Ministry of National Defense Captain Kobe Faulkner. 8th Army Public Affairs Officer. He was my guide when I went to the Demilitarized Zone/Joint Security Area. We are at a rest stop on the "Freedom Road' to the DMZ A Korean Army /United States Army check point on "Freedom Road." We are about 5 miles south of the DMZ
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Reviewing my authorization to visit the DMZ Barricades, just past the check point, on the road to the DMZ On "Freedom Road." heading to Panmunjeon and the DMZ. There was very little traffic going in this direction!
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SergeantI First Class Gorge, Sergeant First Class Everett and Captain Faulkner. We are at the United States military compound "Camp Bonifas" located in the Joint Security Area Captain Faulkner and Private Kim, a KATUSA (Korean Augmentation to the United States Army) assigned to the 8th Army Public Affairs Office Inside Camp Bonifas, located in the Demilitarized Zone/Joint security Area, new armor-plated Humvees
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During the Korean War, SFC Ballinger was riding in a convoy which was attempting to break through an enemy roadblock that was approximately five miles in depth. He successfully broke through, destroying several enemy machine gun positions Ballinger Hall, located in Camp Bonifas, the Joint Security Area. "In Front of Them All." Lieutenant Brian Ash and Captain David Zaino. Military Police, Joint Security Area
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Briefing auditorium in Ballinger Hall. Camp Bonifas is named for Captain Arthur Bonifas, who was murdered with an ax by the North Koreans in 1976 Receiving a briefing from Captain Zaino before we travel to Panmunjom and the border between South Korea and North Korea The vehicle we used to go to the border
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A military check point at Camp Bonifas The large gray building in the rear is a North Korean structure. The Blue building ("UN blue") is the famous building where delegates from the South and North meet At the border. A South Korean guard. The gray tower in the rear is a North Korean guard post



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