Camp Walker
Nam District, Daegu, South Korea
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TypeArmy post
Site information
Owner United States
 South Korea
Controlled by
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  United States Army
Site history
Built1921
In use1950 - present

Camp Walker (Korean: 캠프 워커) is a U.S. military base in Daegu, South Korea. Camp Walker was named in 1951 after General Walton Walker, commander of the Eighth Army who was killed in a jeep crash in December 1950 during the Korean War. Camp Walker, Camp Henry, and Camp George are the three U.S. military bases in Daegu, part of the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu. Camp Walker spans 94 acres (0.38 km2) and contains military family housing for about 100 military and civilian families. Also on Camp Walker are Daegu Middle High School,[1] a DoDEA school serving 7th to 12th graders; the main Exchange and DeCA Commissary; the Camp Walker Army Lodge; the Evergreen Golf Course; Kelly Gym and Athletic Field; and several Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) clubs.[2]

The nearest subway station is Hyeonchungno of Daegu Metro, located on the northwest side of the base outside Gate 6.

History

The camp was originally established as an Imperial Japanese Army base in 1921 during the Japanese imperial period. An airfield was later built on the base.

Korean War

During the Korean War the USAF designated the airfield as K-37 or Taegu West Air Base. The runway was improved to an asphalt surfaced 4,335 feet (1,321 m) by 140 feet (43 m) facility.

Detachment F of the USAF 3rd Air Rescue Squadron operating Sikorsky H-5s and later Sikorsky H-19s was based at K-37 from January–June 1951. One H-5 remained at K-37 while the rest of the unit moved forward to K-16.[3]

On 2 February 1951 H-5G #48-0530 was written off in a crash 8 miles (13 km) west of K-37.[4]

Postwar

Department of Defense housing was opened on the base in 1959.

The H-805 airfield was decommissioned as a landing zone and redesignated as a mass parking area for the numerous contractors that are employed in Area IV.

Occupants

Facilities

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See also

References

  1. ^ "Daegu High School website". Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Official U.S. Army Garrison Daegu website". Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  3. ^ Marion, Forrest (2004). That others may live: USAF air rescue in Korea (PDF). Air Force History and Museums Program. pp. 7–9. ISBN 9780160876257. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 May 2019.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "02-February 1951 Sikorsky H-5G". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 July 2013.

Coordinates: 35°50′11″N 128°35′25″E / 35.83639°N 128.59028°E / 35.83639; 128.59028