• CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, make the hike up to Casey cross May 10, on Camp Casey, South Korea. Once there, the process of refurbishing the cross, the surrounding area, and trail to it begins.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara E. Wiseman, 210th Field Artillery Brigade Public Affairs/Released)

    History remembered: Casey's cross

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, make the hike up to Casey cross May 10, on Camp Casey, South Korea. Once there, the process of refurbishing the cross...

  • CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division have a planning session, May 10 before beginning to work on the cleaning and refurbishing of Casey Cross,  Camp Casey, South Korea.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara E. Wiseman, 210th Field Artillery Brigade Public Affairs/Released)

    History remembered: Casey's cross

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division have a planning session, May 10 before beginning to work on the cleaning and refurbishing of Casey Cross, Camp Casey...

  • CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Staff Sgt. Dustin Millett, native of The Dalles, Ore., a fire support noncommissioned officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, descends down boulders, May 10 to clear brush blocking visibility of the Casey Cross Camp Casey, South Korea.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara E. Wiseman, 210th Field Artillery Brigade Public Affairs/Released)

    History remembered: Casey's cross

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Staff Sgt. Dustin Millett, native of The Dalles, Ore., a fire support noncommissioned officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, descends down boulders...

  • CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Mauer from Sandpoint, Idaho, the liaison noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division looks out to the horizon to assess the work before Casey Cross is visible again May 10, Camp Casey, South Korea. 
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara E. Wiseman, 210th Field Artillery Brigade Public Affairs/Released)

    History remembered: Casey's cross

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Mauer from Sandpoint, Idaho, the liaison noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division looks out to the horizon...

  • CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Staff Sgt. Dustin Millett,  a fire support noncommissioned officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division(left), pulls while Pvt. Shaun Lindsey, from Richmond, Va., a fire control equipment specialist assigned to HHB, 210th FA Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. (center), and Pvt. Peter V. Ruiz, from Mastic, N.Y., a fire support specialist assigned to HHB, 210th FA Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. (right), pull a stump out of the ground that was obstructing the area surrounding Casey Cross May 10.  
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara E. Wiseman, 210th Field Artillery Brigade Public Affairs/Released)

    History remembered: Casey's cross

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Staff Sgt. Dustin Millett, a fire support noncommissioned officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division(left), pulls while Pvt. Shaun Lindsey, from Richmond...

CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, hike the steep incline of a nearby mountain through deciduous forest on a path long hidden by brown broad leaves from seasons past, May 10, Camp Casey, South Korea.

The group is making their way to Casey Cross, May 10, on Camp Casey, South Korea, where they've made it their mission to beat the trail through old bunkers, and refurbish a long-neglected piece of the installation's history.

"The original cross was put up here in 1954," said Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Mauer, a native of Sandpoint, Idaho, the liason noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to HHB pointing out a concrete cross covered by brush and roots. "But it deteriorated and now there's this one."

Maj. Hugh Boyd Casey, the namesake for Camp Casey, was killed in an aircraft accident Jan. 11, 1952, and the base was dedicated to him later that year. The cross was erected as a memorial to his military service two years later.

"The cross will be restored to its original state of cleanliness with visibility made available to all that pass through Camp Casey," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 James M. Verschueren, the liason officer in charge, assigned to HHB.

Casey's cross stands well over fifteen feet tall, its white finish grayed from years of weather and wear.

Soldiers cleared brush surrounding the plateau, cleaned up the trail leading to it, and scouted for potentially hazardous areas that need to be taped off.

"We're going to come up here every Saturday until the job is done," said Sgt. 1st Class Juan C. Aue, from Teaneck N.J., the fire control equipment noncommissioned officer in charge, assigned to HHB. "I want this to be a place everyone can enjoy, hike up here and have lunch."

While there is still plenty of work to be done, the Soldiers who volunteer to be a part of this cleanup crew show no signs of slowing down.

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