Camp Carroll, South Korea

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Camp Carroll is located on the south east portion of South Korea, in Waegwan, close to the city of Daegu. It is named after Sergeant First Class Charles F. Carroll, a posthumous recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for his acts of heroism during the Korean War.

Camp Carroll is located at the outskirts of Waegwan. The surrounding area is mainly made up of service businesses (e.g. dry cleaners, barber shops, Bars), and caters to an equally American and Filipino crowd, as many of the soldiers are American and many of the women are Filipina. The city itself is a short bus ride from Daegu or Gumi.

Though small in size, Camp Carroll holds a population of approximately 3000. The population itself consists of Eighth Army personnel, employees and contractors, as well as Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army (KATUSA) soldiers. Warehouses and lots make up a large portion of the location, as one of its main functions is to house war reserve stocks.

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Facilities

A Post Exchange (PX), commissary, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, bowling center, library, community center, and various other amenities can also be found at Camp Carroll.

Transportation

The military operates a shuttle bus between Camp Walker, Daegu and Camp Carroll but the bus terminal nearest to the post can be accessed by the local 10 and 110 services, which originate in Gumi, and the 250 service, which terminates in Daegu. By rail, Waegwan Station can be accessed by Mugunghwa (무궁화) rail service. Saemaul (새마을) service is once or twice a day to Daegu or Seoul. KTX trains do not service this station.

Controversy

In May 2011 an interview with three United States Forces Korea veterans revealed that in 1978 approximately 250 55 gallon drums of chemicals believed to be Agent Orange were buried at Camp Carroll.[1] On 22 May 2011, the Eighth Army admitted that chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and solvents had been buried at Camp Carroll in 1978, but that the materials and 60 tons of dirt were subsequently removed in 1979-1980.[2] A joint US-ROK investigation is continuing although nothing has been found as of 22 June 2011.

References

  1. ^ "U.S. Veterans Admit Burying Deadly Chemical in Korea". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 May 2011. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/05/20/2011052001085.html.
  2. ^ Lee Tae-hoon (23 May 2011). "US Army admits chemical dumping". The Korea Times. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/05/116_87510.html.