Problem is, it’s being unveiled in front of the 8th Army Headquarters at Yongsan Garrison… where nobody can see it.
I mean, sure, in theory, the garrison will move and the land will revert to Seoul City, but I’m convinced that several decades from now, my grandchildren will be saying the same thing.
I suppose Walker Hill — named for the general — might have been a more logical spot, but then again, Walker Hill got the Hilltop Bar (now Pizza Hill), an early work by Korean architectural great Kim Swoo-geun (see also here).
All this begs the question, of course: “So, Uncle Marmot, just how many statues of American generals are there in Korea?” Well, as far as I know, two. Everybody knows the MacArthur Statue in Incheon, of course. Fewer know about the statue of Gen. John B. Coulter, erected at what is now Noksapyeong Station in Itaewon in 1959 and moved to Seoul Grand Park in Gwangjin-gu in 1977 to make way for the building of the Namsan 3rd Tunnel. Coulter is probably best known for serving as UN Assistant Secretary-General as head of the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA), which contributed much to South Korea’s post-war reconstruction.
That’s just statues. There are, of course, numerous monuments dedicated to American generals, officers and enlisted men scattered throughout Korea, including this rather solemn one in Yeoju: a memorial to IX Corps commander Gen. Bryant Moore, who died of a heart attack after his helicopter crashed in February 1951:
During the Korean War, under General Matthew Ridgway, he led the IX Corps in Operations Thunderbolt, Killer and Ripper. It was during these operations that General Moore’s helicopter crashed. He died a few hours later from an apparent heart attack after having gotten help for the surviving pilot and crew, on February 24, 1951. The account of his service to America was entered into the United States Congressional Record by Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith. Moore was promoted to the rank of four-star general posthumously.