the military sector
Perhaps the designation Blue Lancer Valley conjures images
of a valley surrounded by lofty greenery and blue water
conceivably reflecting a mountain backdrop. The name, even the
labial intonation and the lingual phonics, is as fascinating as it is
Nestled across the Imjin River east from Spoonbill between
two mountains known as Radio Hill and Mount Easy Queen rested
a charming military compound known as Camp Blue Lancer
Valley. The Queen curved from the Eastern sector west to
continue as the camp’s southern border labeled in this website as
Camp Blue Lancer Valley stretched about one half mile (from
the rear gate at South Queen) north to the MAIN GATE. The
village of NulloRi was situated about a half mile beyond the main
gate with the mountains of North Korea visible in the far horizon.
The secluded valley was quiet, cozy, and off-the-beaten-path
away from noisy roads, stinky rice paddies, and busy villages.
The Republic of Korea Army (ROK) occupied the valley
during the Korean War, and then the U.S. Army garrisoned it the
Modified by SP4 Martinez
Location of Camp Blue Lancer Valley between Mount Easy Queen and Radio
Hill across the Imjin River east from Spoonbill. Easy is the sloping ascent toward
the summit which is Queen, thus Mount Easy Queen. Given that Mount Easy
Queen extends westward with a prominent peak behind the BLV, and for
geographical purposes, it is designated as South Queen on this map and in this
website. Because of the nature of their duty, the commo operators of the Signal
Corps coined the name Radio Hill for their duty station.
The Blue Lancer Boulevard ran south—the compound’s
length—from the main gate by the motor pool to the brigade
offices. It then continued by the Headquarters Company Orderly
Room, through the rear gate below South Queen, curved west,
and finally ran north up Radio Hill.
The graded boulevard was lined with doubled Quonset rows
of A and B Company below the Queen, with C Company and the
702nd Maintenance Battalion doubled Quonsets below Radio.
Three tributaries from the camp’s rear mountains contributed to a
gushing stream that partially eroded the length of the camp every
Monsoon season. It was during the year 1965 that the Corps of
Engineers undertook the monumental task of erecting a concrete
channel that prevented further flooding.
At the boulevard’s midpoint and the compound’s center—
being the brigade headquarters offices, THE FLAGS that faced
North Korea towered above the parade ground. The recreation
buildings included the craft shop, BLV Playhouse, gym, EM Club,
barbershop and the coffee shop. The Officers Quarters located
east of the channel, the Laundry facilities at the northeastern
corner of the BLV below Easy Queen dominated the eastern
sector of the parade ground along with A Company and B
Company continuing all the way to the main gate. A row of
Quonsets from South Queen along Radio’s Skirts and slopes, that
dominated the western sector of the compound require
identification. Then the 702nd Maintenance Battalion along with C
Company continued, all the way north to the Motor Pool by the
main gate. A series of buildings that included the mess hall,
latrine, the Battalion Headquarters Offices, the NCO Club on the
hill behind the PX, the Chapel and the S offices—The Western
Complex—stood immediately west of the Parade Field.
Behind The Flags and the Brigade Headquarters offices
stood a continued series of the Headquarter Company’s Quonsets
that included The Dispensary. These hooches traversed the
camp in tiers toward the rear gate beneath South Queen.
This hidden Shangri-La was a unique military wonderland (at
least to an eighteen-year-old kid) during the few decades
subsequent to the Korean Conflict of 1950-1953.
Because of the nature of pictures—each OF and FROM
varying locations—the sector most represented or of interest in
each photo will determine its placement in the camp sector as
indicated in the Index. In certain cases, exceptional photos may
also appear in mutiple camp sectors. In some cases, near-
duplicate or duplicate photos will fall under the most represented
camp sector. Please note that many photos may be enlarged by
thumbnail for enhanced detailed viewing.
The objective of this website is to bring our Paradise Lost to
light as a pictorial restoration of Camp Blue Lancer Valley, Korea.
SP4 Julio Martinez
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27 degrees 55 minutes 09.61 seconds north
126 degrees 51 minutes 39.27 seconds east
37 degrees 55 minutes 47.74 seconds north
126 defgrees 51 minutes 39.20 seconds east