The ROK/US Marine Corps
 Friendship Association

53rd ROK Marine Corps Birthday

Pictures from the event on the 15th at ROKMC HQ are below


Concert Event on 19 April 2002


    Tonight was the Korean Marine Band Concert. The ROKMC Band was outstanding. They had the silent drill team perform on stage beforehand, with fixed bayonets!! (OSHA would have fun with this group, more later!) This was held at KBS Concert Hall, in Seoul, which was made up by the broadcast people for television. The Koreans gave me VIP seats, so I had plenty of room for my legs. They started with their ROKMC Hymn and then played non-military songs. The 1812 Overture was outstanding in a concert hall!! For the cannons, they marched the drill team in... and then they fired volleys of 2 shots, (Perfect timing!!)... BUT, inside a concert hall, two blank M-14 rounds going off sounds LOUD!!! Like I said, OSHA would be in business for a long time....if there were an organization like them in Korea. They also played the Titanic Medley, Hallelujah Chorus and American Graffiti XI. It was excellent. Some professional singers came in, a choir came in, and a very nice on the eyes young Korean lady singer. The young ROK Marines in the audience went wild. She talked to them, and noticed the US Marines and personnel. She started talking to them in Korean and they never even noticed... I was on the other side of the place from that group... she would have gotten a response from me! This was the end of a week of ceremonies. Many former ROK Marines living in USA flew to Korea for this. They were from Washington DC, Ohio, Chicago, LA and Kansas City. Lots of interesting people. Successful people who made the American dream work.
Having fun in Seoul,


Ceremony at Palan ROKMC HQ on 15 April 2002



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