Posted on Jul 15, 2014
SGT Thomas Lucken
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For those that don't know! Freedom Bridge is a symbol of 61 years of the US Army protecting Korea's Border!

For those that have crossed and served on the north side, this is a symbol to remind of us our past duty and missions. Those that haven't, do not know.

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SGT Thomas Lucken
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From the end of the Korean War (1953) till 1998. Freedom Bridge was the only bridge that crossed into Panmunjom/DMZ in what was the American sector till 1991. In 1998, the Koreans completed the new Unification Bridge and opened it.

Freedom Bridge, as you can see by the pictures in the link, was a old shot up rickety bridge with wooden planks. Guards at both ends and one way traffic.

Once you crossed the bridge, you were almost in a different time zone when going into the DMZ.... Attached is a map what it was like around 1990. Had about 4 camps and Warrior base which was Tent City also. This area was known as Western Corridor for a long time(Garry Owen, Greaves, Howze, Edwards, Stanton, Pehlam, 4P1, 4P3, and Giant)......

Till 1991, our combat patrol area was around Panmunjom and the 2 guard posts: Ouelette and Collier, besides QRF!!!! Also, some of the ranges we did were in the DMZ..... Run daytime recon patrols and nighttime ambush patrols!!!! Plus, stay out of the minefields!!!! :-) DMZ is heavily mined to this day, and guys occasionally find out the hard way, sadly. Seen it happen and hear of it.

Freedom Bridge for many of us old DMZ veterans, recognize it as a symbol of what our mission was about at the time! It was the only way in and out of the DMZ, unless you put up pontoon bridges! When 2ID still had the bridge, 2nd Engineers took care and checked the explosives on the bridge, it was always ready to blow.

Times have changed some since then. The only Americans left are those few that serve in the JSA at Panmunjom, below is a picture looking into the north. From one of the Repatriation Ceremonies I was out, return of Korean War remains in 1998.

The mission was a real combat mission that many don't know or ever realize we continued to due. Many incidents that happen up there, never reached the outside world! Those of us that have crossed the Bridge know the reality of what it was like, and many find it hard to believe! As the old saying goes: "What happens in Korea, stays in Korea", is true statement........

Present day, the nearest 2ID soldiers are at Camp Casey area and the surrounding camps! It is a different time now, the 24 years ago. SSG Crozier can add in any details that might be missed.....

The US Army camps for the longest time were still pretty primitive till the mid to late 80s and even then was behind times in through a good part of the 90s.

We did our duty in a forgotten time and land, that many don't ever know existed! We are the Korean DMZ veterans of a past time.
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SGT Thomas Lucken
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Here is the map of the 2ID area 1989/90.......... Straight out of the a old Warrior's Standard book I still have! :-)
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CSM Michael J. Uhlig
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bringing back some memories of some great units!
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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Lived at Camp Greaves for a year 1991-1992, know it all too well.
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SFC Robin Gates
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Warrior Base at the time GP Mediums, QRF, Ambushes,Recon endless training, miles of 550 cord and 100 MPH Tape, briefings and de-briefings
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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Not much changed in between our visits SFC Robin Gates
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SGT Thomas Lucken
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They apparently have permanent buildings at Warrior Base now. Friend of mine toward me they still use it for training at times.
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CPL Corey Aldridge
CPL Corey Aldridge
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I was with the 1/38th and 84-86 ran mission's on DMZ. Guard Post Ouellette and Collier.
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SPC Robby Robinson
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I know my response is three years after the fact....I remember Freedom Bridge like it was yesterday.
Charlie Company 1/506 2nd Infantry Division (Camp Greaves)

Currahee! Stands Alone........... 1991 / 1992
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SGT Thomas Lucken
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Robby, there are some parts that you can not forget. With you at Greaves, for one year the only way in and out of the DMZ was Freedom Bridge and the chances are high it would been blown before you even had a thought to cross it south.
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