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Camp Garry Owen
Camp Garry Owen covers 64 acres and is home to 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Headquarters Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, and A Troop, B Troop and C Troop. Camp Garry Owen is near Camp Howze, which offers many of the services not available on Camp Garry Owen.

Camp Garry Owen North is one of the forty-two camps north of Seoul authorized Hardship Duty Pay of $150 per month as of 01 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.

"Garry Owen" is an old Irish quickstep that can be traced back to the 1800s. It was known to have been used by Irish regiments as a drinking song. The story goes that one of the Irish "melting pot" members of the 7th Cavalry was singing the song under the influence of alcohol, and Gen. Custer wandered by, liked the cadence, and soon began to hum the tune himself. Garry Owen is derived from Gaelic meaning Owen's garden, a suburb of Limerick. The tune has a lively beat that accentuates the cadence of marching horses, and for that reason was adopted as the regimental song soon after Gen. Custer arrived to take over the 7th Cavalry. It was the last song played by the band for Gen. Custer's men as they left the Terry Column at the Rosebud River and rode into history.

Army Community Service is not available. The 2nd Infantry Division's 17 installations operate on a hub system that gives Division soldiers access to services not available on their installations. Camp Garry Owen is near Camp Howze, which offers many of the services not available on Camp Garry Owen.

Staff Duty Officer/NCO : Not Available

Housing Office : Not Available

Education Center : Not Available

Family Employment Assistance : Not Available


Family Quarters are not available. All but 76 of the Division's soldiers serve one-year unaccompanied tours. All soldiers live in on-post quarters. See the Quality of Life and unit-specific pages for more information on recent barracks upgrades and construction projects.



Nearest Towns/Large Urban Areas

Munsan
1.5 Miles
Population 60,000
Seoul
26.5 Miles
Population 11,000,000

General Area Information

Climate :
Summer = 80.0 to 90.0F Average
Winter = -5.0 to 30.0F Average
Precipitation = 40-48" (Rainy season July to August)

Nearby Facilities and Places of Interest :
Hunting = None nearby. Hunting available at Cheju-Do (310 miles away).
Fishing = None nearby. Fishing at Inchon (40 miles away).
Skiing = None nearby. Travel to popular Mt. Sorak can be arranged thru Tour&Travel.
Swimming and Boating = No boating. Swimming pool available.

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.

Central Post Information

Camp Garry Owen was recently reactivated as a site name, this site was formerly known as Camp Pelham. Camp Pelham is located eight miles from the demilitarized zone that separates the Republic of Korea and US forces from more than a million North Korean troops. Units include the Bradley-equipped Troop A, 5th Sqdn., 17th Cavalry, A Btry, the 1st Battalion, 4th Field Artillery, as well as the 2D Eng Bn, 2ID. During January and February 1971, the 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery (+) moved from Camp Pelham to Camp Essayons to provide more responsive support to the Division. The 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery was stationed at Camp Pelham with the 2d Infantry Division in defensive positions. With a change of mission for the 2d Infantry Division, the battalion moved to Camp Stanley in February 1971.

Base Size : 64.3 Acres

Population of the Post : approx. 800
Military = approx. 650
Dept. of the Army civilians = approx. 130
Other = 0

Primary Mission of the Installation : Provide Cavalry support for 2nd Infantry Division.

Supported Units :
4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Headquarters
- Headquarters and Headquarters Troop
- A Troop
- B Troop
- C Troop

Location of the Post : Camp Garry Owen, Munsan City, Republic of Korea.

Hospitals Available : No
Civilian hospitals available for emergency cases only.

MWR Facilities Available :
Recreation Center
Library
Gymnasium
Arts & Crafts
Swimming Pool
Outdoor Tennis/Basketball

AAFES Facilities Available :
Post Exchange
Snack Bar
Airline Ticket Office
Tailor Shop
Taxi Stand

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