By Ms. Lori Yerdon (TRADOC)February 23, 2009
HUMPHREYS GARRISON - More than 40 Area III Soldiers, civilians, retirees and Republic of Korea Soldiers paid homage to Sgt. Charles Long - the namesake of Camp Long - at a memorial ceremony near Wonju Feb. 12.
The recognition ceremony is thought to be the first held since the dedication of Camp Long in 1955.
"The ceremony really brought the community together," said Brent Abare, executive assistant for base operations in Wonju. "There was a lot of good energy surrounding this event."
Sgt. Long received the Medal of Honor posthumously for heroic deeds preformed near Wonju Feb. 12, 1951.
"While serving in Company M, Sgt. Long stood his ground during a fierce battle, without regard to his own person safety," said Col. John Dumoulin Jr., USAG-Humphreys commander. "Sgt. Long's actions during the Korean War were that of a hero."
Gen. Paik, Sup Yup former First Republic of Korea Army commander and revered Korean War hero spoke during the ceremony and expressed his admiration for Sgt. Long.
"I greatly admire Sgt. Charles Long and his contributions as a war hero," said Paik.
During the ceremony, Abare presented Paik with an album of recently discovered Korean War era photos. Photos in the album included images of Paik during Camp Long's dedication ceremony - 54 years ago.
"It doesn't seem to have happened that long ago," said Paik. "I have many memories coming back."
Abare praised guest speaker Maj. Gen. Lee, Yong Seok, 36th Infantry Division commander Republic of Korea Army for the safety and security of not only Camp Long, but for the city of Wonju as well.
"As I look around today, it's heartwarming to be surrounded by such history, espirit de corps and camaraderie," said Dumoulin. "For over 50 years the United States and Republic of Korea have been staunch allies. I feel fortunate to be serving in the Republic of Korea, side-by-side with true professionals."
Abare's goal is to continue hosting the memorial ceremony each year to recognize and honor Sgt. Long's ultimate sacrifice.