Korean Marines 52d Birthday

Happy ROKMC Birthday!

ROKMC Honor Guard

 

ROUGH DRAFT of the 52d Birthday ROKMC.

Happy ROKMC 52d Birthday!

16 Apr 2001 Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC) HQ had an event to mark the 52d birthday of the ROK MC.  The ROK Commandant of the Marine Corps hosted this at the HQ on the large parade field.  The event featured SPIE Rigged Marines (Dangling from HELOs with SMOKE on their heels!) parachutist, and excellent drill and ceremonies.  They also had the Silent Drill Team show, sports events, (with old Marines and current active Marines.)  They split the teams for and made them half old timers and half current active Marines.  There sure was a lot of spirit in the older Marines.  The ROKMC also has the slogan "Once a Marine, always a Marine."  They really treat their former Marines well. Alot of famous former Marines attended to include the famous entertainer Mr. Kim, Hung Kuk.

Mr Yu, Wha Sun, President,  Mr. Kang, Kyung Seo, Korean Director and US Director Mr. Jim Lint from the ROK/US Marine Corps Friendship Association were in attendance.  They met with the President of  ROKMC Veterans Association, Oh, Yun Jil, Maj Gen (Ret).  He was a very interesting individual who has a Ph.D in Political Science.  His English was excellent and a very entertaining speaker, whom members of the ROK/US Marine Corps Friendship Association ate lunch with. 

Mr. Kang, K.S. also escorted ROKMC veterans from USA to include Mr. Kim, Yun Sik, President of the ROKMC Veterans Association of Maryland, USA.  Several of his members closed businesses in USA for a week to fly to Korea to attend the ROKMC birthday.  Most of the USA vets were successful businessmen living "the American dream" of small business.  They were true examples of hard work.  

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Also in attendance Celebration, was the famous entertainer Mr. Kim, Hung Kuk.

 

 

I have not sorted or picked the best photos for this page ...yet... but it gives you a rough draft of what I did.

 

 

Also in attendance Celebration, was the famous entertainer Mr. Kim, Hung Kuk, who met with US Director Jim Lint.

 

Also in attendance Celebration, was the famous entertainer Mr. Kim, Hung Kuk, who met with US Director Jim Lint.

 

ROKMC CMC LtGen Kim Speaking

SPIE Rigged ROK Marines with smoke attached.

SPIE Rigged ROK Marines with smoke attached.

ROKMC Parachutist

Windy day.

Mr. Kang, K.S. Korean Director ROK/US Marine Corps Friendship Association in front of the viewing stand.  He was great assistance to many of the former ROKMC veterans who traveled from USA to attend this celebration.

 

The Silent Drill team with the OIC.

The ROKMC Silent Drill team.  On par with the USMC 8th and I team.  These guys are great!  What a show with  bayonets and a chambered round!

The ROKMC band in dress uniform.

ROKMC CMC and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps arriving for the sports events.

 

The tug-a-war rope with the teams composed of current and former ROK Marines.

 

 

Mr. Kang, K.S. Korean Director and Mr. Jim Lint, US Director of ROK/US Marine Corps Friendship Association with the Director of the ROKMC Band with the band members. Presently they are desiring to set up a joint music program with a USMC band...maybe the band in 3d MarDiv, Oki.

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