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A Few Days Before the War
Title: A Few Days Before the War
I'm the author working on the book about the Tiger Survivors. One of the men I'm writing about had been a 1st Lieutenant and paratrooper during WWII and then an executive officer at Rest Hotels for Army Special Services in occupied Japan. He arrived in Korea in 1949. I have a couple of questions regarding his Korean assignments and wondered if you could assist me. (Ed, please let me know if this is too far off the list's topic :) )
1. He arrived at the Kimpo Airport outside of Seoul. Is that a military base airport and is it still in existence?
2. He resigned his commission and went to work for the State Department as the superintendent at the Kook Je and Sudo Hotels. He was to be the billeting officer. What would his job have entailed? Are those hotels still in existence in Seoul?
3. Next he resigned from the State Department and relocated to Pusan to run the Seaman's Service Club. Anyone familiar with this?
4. He finally returned to Seoul to become the assistant director of the Foreign Traders Exchange. Anyone familiar with this?
He held the latter position until the war broke out and he was captured (around the beginning of July, 1950). He has no family for me to interview - I'm hoping one of you can help.