Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea -- Humphreys leaders gathered for an early morning ceremony, held at the newly named Adams Gate, formerly Dodu-ri Gate, to memorialize three Korean War heroes, Dec. 17.
"I think it's a good start on welcoming people into Humphreys," said Col. Michael F. Tremblay, the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys commander. "With this, we are also laying down some roots here, as we put a permanent stamp on the Army's home in Korea."
Lt. Col. Stanley "Stan" Taylor Adams, lived from May 9, 1922 to April 19, 1999, and was a United States Army officer, who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Korean War.
Adams fought in World War II, as an enlisted soldier. He was sent to Korea as a sergeant soon after the outbreak of war, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading a bayonet charge against a numerically superior force, in early 1951. Commissioned as an officer shortly after receiving the medal, Adams continued to serve into the Vietnam War, eventually retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Other gates that were renamed during the ceremony, include the Charlton Gate, formerly the Hamjeong-ri Gate and the Galer Gate, formerly known as the CPX Gate.
Marine Corps Brig. Gen Robert E. Galer, lived Oct. 24, 1913 to June 27, 2005, was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for his service in Korea, from May 24 to Aug.5, 1952, when he was shot down behind enemy lines by antiaircraft fire and later rescued by helicopter.
Army Sgt. Cornelius H. Charlton, lived July 24, 1929 to June 2, 1951, was a soldier in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Charlton posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions near Chipo-ri, South Korea on June 2, 1951.
The larger structured signs posted at the gates will include the phrase "Welcome to Humphreys, the Army's home in Korea," the name of the gate and patches of the units that have a presence on the installation. The side facing outgoing traffic reads "Thank you for visiting Humphreys, the Army's home in Korea."
The installation's remaining gates, Anjeong-ri and Dongchang-ri, are scheduled to be renamed at a later date.
Future projects to give Humphreys a new look include gates signs, painting the current red and white-striped water towers with selected unit patches, renaming the family housing towers, adding military vehicles and aircrafts to the traffic round-a-bouts and street signs to the installation.
"This is just one small token of us welcoming people to the community, but also letting them all know how excited we are to have them here and bringing everyone together," said Tremblay.