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Paengnyong-Do Revisited: A GI Returns After 58 Years.

Wally Barnett. As I recall it took 10 days in December 1951, for the WWII USS General M. C. Meigs to transport 5000 of us from San Francisco bay to Yokohama, Japan. A few days later, in January, some of us found ourselves on the island of Paengnyong-do in Korea. I was a 20-year-old A1c at the time.

On September 20, 2010, it took only 10 hours for Korean Air to fly my wife, Joyce, and I from Seattle to Incheon on a Boeing 777-200. After two nights in Incheon, the fast boat took about five hours to arrive at Yonggippo Port on this 31 sq. mi. island located 140 miles northwest of Incheon and ten miles off the coast of North Korea. The Sagot Beach natural airfield is now a national monument and no longer an airfield. The changes to Paengnyong-do (spelling has been officially changed to Baengnyeong-do, but still pronounced Peng-yang-do) are truly amazing. We were treated as honored guests because we were the only Caucasians on the island and, to their recollection, I was the only GI to have returned to PY-do. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Now we know what it's like to be a minority of two in a sea of some 6000 Koreans...
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