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Camp Edwards

In 2004 Camp Edwards closed and preperations were made to transfer ownership of the facility to the Republic of Korea. This tranfer was completed in 2005. Mention of this shift was made in US-ROK Land Partnership Plan in 2002, when the expected date of closure was 2007. At the time the plan was for the fuel facility at Camp Edwards to be maintained by the US Military until the closure of Camp Greaves and Camp Giant, both planned to be closed in 2011. These facilities were also closed in 2004.

Camp Edwards had 61.5 acres, and hosted the 82nd Engineer Company. Camp Edwards was named after Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant First Class Junior D. Edwards. More than 130 American servicemen were awarded the Nation's highest honor for actions during the Korean War. Many of those honored names have been bestowed on camps and facilities throughout the Republic of Korea.

Camp Edwards' primary mission was to Provide Combat Engineer support for the 2nd Infantry Division. The population of the camp was approximately 400, with 275 of that being US Military personnel and the remaining 125 being civilians employed by the Department of the Army. Camp Edwards was located near Camp Howze, and the closest urban center was Kumchon, located a mile from the facility with a population of 30,000. Camp Edwards was 14 miles from Seoul. Its climate features included, on average, summers between 80 and 90 oF, winters between -5 and 30 oF, and 40-48" of rain during a rainy season between July and August.

Camp Edwards was one of the 42 camps north of Seoul authorized Hardship Duty Pay of $150 per month as of 1 January 2001. The Hardship Duty Pay is paid to troops who are permanently assigned to areas where it is authorized or who serve 30 consecutive days of temporary duty in those areas. Several factors are considered in determining whether a location qualified for the pay: climate, physical and social isolation, sanitation, disease, medical facilities, housing, food, recreational and community facilities, political violence, harassment and crime. The extra pay provides meaningful financial recognition to troops assigned in areas where living conditions are substantially below US standards.

Army Community Service was not available. The 2nd Infantry Division's 17 installations operated on a hub system that gave Division soldiers access to services not available on their installation. Camp Edwards was located near Camp Howze, which offered many of the services not available on Camp Edwards. No Housing Office, Education Center, or Family Employment Assistance was provided at Camp Edwards. Family Quarters were not available. All but 76 of the Division's soldiers served one-year unaccompanied tours. All soldiers lived in on-post quarters.

Central Post Information

Hospitals Available:

  • Dental Clinic
  • Health Clinic
  • Civilian hospitals available for emergency cases only

MWR Facilities Available:

  • Recreation Center
  • Library
  • Gymnasium
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Tennis/Basketball
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Racquetball/Weight Room

AAFES Facilities Available:

  • Post Exchange
  • Airline Ticket Office
  • Tailor Shop
  • Taxi Stand
  • Barber/Beauty Salon

General Area Information

National Parks and Resorts : Tobong, Soyo and Surak Mountains are all in the area, as is the Songdu Resort. Also, there are many parks, resorts, historical sites and entertainment areas in Korea. Because of the country's size and excellent transortation system, all these sites are within a day's travel from anywhere in the Division area. On-post tour and travel offices, Morale, Welfare and Recreation offices, and the USO offer regular excursions.

Nearby Facilities and Places of Interest:

  • Hunting = None nearby. Hunting available at Cheju-Do (300 miles away).
  • Fishing = None nearby. Fishing at Inchon (20 miles away).
  • Skiing = None nearby. Travel to popular Mt. Sorak can be arranged thru Tour & Travel.
  • Swimming and Boating = No boating.
  • Swimming pool available.

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