Front row from left to right, Joo Chan, Dick Katz, Room 22 and Jim "Beau" Davis. Back Row, from left to right, Mel Pope, Jim Frazier and Melvin Bush. The men of room 22 520th Signal Base Depot at a reunion in May of 2002.
Joo Chan was a young boy that hung around the compound. In a way the men of room 22 adopted him. Joo Chan, a high school student that Mel Pope and Melvin Bush befriended, taught him English, and who later became an American citizen.
We would see Joo Chan in our room occasionally, but was not aware of the project that Pope and Busch were doing.
Mel Pope's mother was an elementary school teacher back home in Tallahassee FL and she got the church behind this project and they were the ones who every month sent him reading books, money, clothes, toilettes items etc.
What makes the story so wonderful, is the fact that he never forgot!
Submitted by Jim "Beau" Davis
Not for publication without the permission of Jim Davis.
OUTSIDE STORAGE AREA OF THE 520TH SIGNAL BASE DEPOT 1954. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY MEL POPE
MEL POPE AND MR. CHANG IN THE 520TH SIGNEL BASE DEPOT COMPOUND 1954. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY MEL POPE
THE GATE TO THE 520TH SIGNAL BASE DEPOT IN PUSAN. COVERED OPEN STORAGE ON THE LEFT AND THE INSIDE STORAGE WAREHOUSE ON THE RIGHT. THE OUTSIDE STORAGE AREA WAS BEHIND THE WAREHOUSE. 1954 PHOTO SUBMITTED BY MEL POPE
SOME OF THE MEN OF THE 520TH FROM 1954 TO 1955
CPL DON CRAMER PHOTO MEL POPE
CPL DONALD "ABE" KING PHOTO MEL POPE
CPL MELVIN "BO BO" BUSH PHOTO MEL POPE
PFC FRANK McNEIL PHOTO MEL POPE
PFC JIM HANNISAN PHOTO MEL POPE
PFC LYNDEL TAPLIN PHOTO MEL POPE
CPL JIM "BEAU" DAVIS PHOTO MEL POPE
PFC RICHARD KATZ PHOTO MEL POPE
PFC RICHARD RANER PHOTO MEL POPE
PFC ROBERT "BOB" MARCUS PHOTO MEL POPE
PFC ROLAND DAY PHOTO MEL POPE
SGT. MERK, BOB CLODFELLTER, LT. PETER BENNETT AND JACK "TEX" WHITWORTH PHOTO MELPOPE
GRADUATION DAY FOR DONG SOO AND JOO CHAN PHOTO MEL POPE
LEFT TO RIGHT MELVIN "BO BO" BUSH, DONG SOO LEE, MEL POPE AND JOO CHAN HER PHOTO MEL POPE
BEFORE PICTURE OF THE HILL THAT WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE ON DECEMBER 10, 1954. PHOTO BY MEL POPE.
MEN OF THE 520TH SIGNAL BASE DEPOT THANKSGIVING DAY 1954 IN THE BAMBOO CLUB. CLOCKWISE FROM CENTER. TONY FISHER, JOE CAFFREY, DON FISH, JIM KELLY, RICHARD KATZ JIM "BEAU" DAVIS, JIM FRAZIER, CLARE "TEX" FUMBERY, GEORGE WILSON, FRANK McNEIL, DICK RANER, DICK "DUGAN" SIEGEL, BOB MARCUS AND SEYMORE "SY" SCHWARTZ
PHOTO BY MEL POPE
THIS IS THE FIRE OF DECEMBER 10, 1954 THAT DISTROYED THE SHACKS PICTURED ABOVE. IT STARTED AT ABOUT 3:00 AM
THE FIRE AFTER IT WAS PUT OUT BUT STILL SMOLDERING
PHOTO BY MEL POPE
IT IS HARDTO BELIEVE BUT THERE WAS A PART OF A SHACK STILL STANDING WHERE A ELECTRIC LIGHT STILL WORKED PHOTO BY MEL POPE.
THIS IS THE HILL AFTER THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS CLEARED IT AND BUILT QUONSET HUTS PHOTO BY MEL POPE
LOOKING DOWN ON 520TH COMPOUND, BURNED OUT HILL, PUSAN HARBOR AND ARMY PORT. THE COMPOUND IS ON THE LEFT ABOUT A FORTH OF THE WAY UP.PHOTO BY MEL POPE
THE 520TH SIGNAL BASE DEPOT GATE. PHOTO BY MEL POPE
AMMO DUMP ON 520TH COMPOUND. PHOTO BY MEL POPE
THE OUTDOOR MARKET IN PUSAN. PHOTO BY MEL POPE
GUARD MOUNT 520TH SIGNAL BASE DEPOT COMPOUND 1954 PHOTO BOB PROCTOR
THE BAMBOO CLUB 520TH SIGNAL BASE DEPOT COMPOUND 1954
PHOTO BOB PROCTOR
BILL BURGESS 520TH SIGNAL BASE DEPOT WAREHOUSE WORKER 1954
PHOTO BOB PROCTOR
1 ST LIEUTENANT PETER H BENNETT AS HE LOOKS TODAY HE WAS WITH THE 520TH SBD FROM 1954 TO 1955. 2000 PHOTO MRS. BENNETT
SOME OF THE KOREAN PERSONNAL THAT WORKED FOR THE 520TH SBD 1954 OR 1955 PHOTO PETER BENNETT
FORK LIFT WITH UNKNOWN, FRANK CASTRO, SGT GREEN AND CHUNG CHOON SOOK INTERPRETER 1954 OR 1955
PHOTO PETER BENNETT
TRUCK BEING LOADED FOR TRIP TO THE PORT MEL POPE FACING CAMERA OTHERS UNKNOWN 1954 OR 1955
PHOTO PETER BENNETT
CHRISTMAS DINNER 1954 IN OFFICERS MESS ALONG THE LEFT SIDE THE WARRANT OFFICERS AND RCA TECH REPS, LT. COLONEL PAUL STONE AT HEAD CENTER OF TABLE, MAJOR JOE CRANAGE IS IN THE LEFT CORNER AND 1ST LT. PETER BENNETT FAR RIGHT END OF THE TABLE
The attached photo shows the only hardware items I have left from the 520SBD days. Clockwise from the top they are: (1) One of those hand-made nameplates you could buy on the street. The orange paint has faded. (2) a beat-up Zippo engraved "Club 520" 520th Signal Base Depot Pusan Korea. I think "Club 520" was what they called the Officers' Club. (3) A KCOMZ patch, "the flaming kimchi pot". (4) signal flags collar insignia.
Little-known fact about the 520SBD: There was a tradition that when an officer left the 520 to go home, he would take the nameplate from the door of his sleeping quarters and nail it up on the wall in the O Club. Thus there was a record of all who had lived there. The interesting part was that there were a number of female names there enshrined. It seems that in earlier times, (known as the good old days), nurses from the Swedish Hospital had been billeted along with the officers. All this ended when a puritanical Congressman investigated immoral behavior among our boys in Korea. This was, of course, well before my time.
Tlhanks to Mel Pope for his contribution to this page
1ST LT. BENNETT IN THE 520TH SIGNAL BASE DEPOT 1954 PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN
SHORTLY AFTER THE FIRE GOT STARTED PHOTO BY MEL POPE
A FEW OF THE GUYS GOT TOGETHER IN FLORIDA IN LATE JANUARY OR EARLY FEBRUARY TWO OF THEM NEWLY FOURND JIM HANNIGAN AND DON KING IN THE PICTURE LEFT TO RIGHT ARE JIM DAVIS, DON (SKY) KING, JIM HANNIGAN, MELVIN BUSCH AND MEL POPE 2003 PHOTO JOYCE DAVIS (JIM'S WIFE)