Going through some of my scanned images the other day, I came across my “Korea” folder. These were taken while I was stationed in S. Korea as a combat medic. I served there for twelve months from 1976-1977.
While there, I bought my first single lens reflex camera, a Canon EF body. Yes kids, before DSLR’s, we actually made images by exposing light to film. TV used to be all black and white too. Ok, enough ancient history…
As the battalion medic, I was stationed at two different air defense bases. These bases were located in what even the locals would call, the boonies. Wayyyyyy off the beaten path and quite a few clicks from civilization or major metropolitan areas. The bases were armed with the Improved Hawk Missile systems. The system basically required two forms of radar, the missile aray(s) and generators to power everything up. All of that equipment was typically deployed high up on a hill, while the battalion headquarters was located down below the hill. That’s where my aid station was located. As the only medical staff on the base, (and for quite a distance in any direction) I treated both the civilian population as well as the enlisted troops.
Some of the images from this series are “soft” by today’s digital tack sharp standards, but I’ve posted them because for me, they still communicate something from the late 70′s. Some of the softness may be my own fault as I developed some of the negatives in Korea myself. Also the scanner I used to convert these to digital images was done with a consumer Epson model vs a VXXX version. You can see a slide show of that series here. I’ll keep adding to this gallery as time and image quality allows.