CAMP PAGE, KOREA
ANOTHER YOUTUBE VIDEO
Well worth watching. If it runs too slow on this site, you may have better luck on Youtube itself. Do a search for "camp page korea." Turn your speakers on.
HIJACKED CHINESE AIRLINER
This is a photo I got in an email a while back. The fellow who took it had been stationed at Camp Page in the early 1970s and had returned there on vacation in 1983. The plane in the picture is a hijacked Chinese airliner that landed at Camp Page during his visit.
Here's what apparently happened: On May 5, 1983, six Chinese citizens hijacked a commercial CAAC jet flying from Beijing to Shanghai and forced the pilot to fly it to South Korea. The New York Times reported that the plane was carrying 105 passengers, that two crewmen were shot while the plane was in the air, and that it landed at "an American Army base northeast of Seoul." The US Army base wasn't named, but the picture seems to settle that point. The Chinese sent a delegation of 33 representatives to Seoul to negotiate the return of the plane, which opened talks between the two countries and ultimately, we are told, resulted in improved relations between them. The passengers, crew, and plane were returned to China; the hijackers served a year in prison for violating South Korean airspace, then went to Taiwan, where they were received as heroes.
CAMP PAGE NOVEL
An author named Harry Bryce has recently published a novel about Camp Page in 1968 called Land of the Morning Calm. The hero is a 2nd lieutenant who comes to Page to take over as provost marshall in the "5th Missile Command" shortly before the Pueblo incident. I think this novel is a must-read for anybody who was there in those days. Here is the text from the back cover:
It's 1968, and Herb Royce, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Police, has been married for less than two weeks when he receives his orders to ship out. To his surprise, he's not heading off to fight in the jungles of Vietnam; he is being sent to Korea instead.
Not willing to be left behind, his wife, Joyce, a headstrong Canadian nurse, follows him and gets a job in a Korean hospital next to Herb's camp. But little do the two realize just what they've got themselves into. North Korea's dictator is desperate to start a second Korean War in parallel with the Vietnam conflict. The snatching of a U.S. Navy ship, the "USS Pueblo," is just the beginning of a murderous yearlong struggle.
Unfortunately, Herb has more than a maniacal dictator to deal with. His unstable, alcoholic colonel commands a tactical nuclear rocket outfit and clearly hates Herb's guts. It's soon evident that the colonel wouldn't mind sending Herb back to the United States in a body bag.
In an increasingly hostile environment, Joyce and Herb find their relationship tested in a strange and deadly world filled with spies, black marketeers, thieves, prostitutes and murderous North Korean army commandos. But when Herb rescues an abandoned Korean infant, the couple embarks on a truly extraordinary journey, one that will define them in ways they never thought possible.