PFC Charles L. Finn plays
with his little friend, Billy Joe, in his quarters atop Nam San
Mountain, Seoul, Korea. PFC Finn plans to adopt Billy Joe in the
near future and take him home to Fayetteville, Tennessee.
SEOUL (AFFE/8TH Army)-Sixteen
American soldiers live atop a mountain peak near Seoul while keeping
open the telephone communications from Seoul to all points in Korea
and Japan. Known as to the U.S. Army and as Nam San to the Koreans,
the site is home to the small detachment from the 8226th
AU Long Lines Signal Group.
Signal equipment on the mountain relays non-cable
telephone calls from Seoul to Korea and Japan and handles many phone
calls to the U.S. In addition, Far East Network radio show, to
AFKN for presentation in Korea, are relayed by the unit.
THOUSANDS of calls go through Signal Hill every
day, including calls to the U.S. from the Osan Service Club between
5 and 10 p.m. "Most of these calls are long distance calls between
Seoul's Victor exchange and other points in Korea," says M/Sgt.
Robert Freeman, non-commissioned officer in charge of the group.
A five-table mess hall, snack bar, club and movie
theater help keep the men occupied. A new movie is shown daily.
"WE DON'T have any morale problem here," said
SP3 David Foreman, a signal technician. "We can go to Seoul on
pass when we want to, but we don't go very often. We get along
fine together and can always have a lot of fun with our mascot,
little Billy Joe Finn."
Billy Joe is a four year old Korean boy.
He met PFC Charles L. Finn about 11 months ago and Finn and Billy
Joe have been together ever since. Finn has extended his tour in
Korea for six months so he can complete procedures to adopt Billy
Joe and take him back to the U.S.
U.S. Army Photo by SP3 De Ment