I did not take any pictures but will make a request to get some.
In June of this year a memorial stone will be place at the Special Warfare Center at Ft Brag to commemorate the 8240 force. The organizer of this is a Cpt. in the US Army of Korean decent whos' father was a member of the unit. She is active in preserving the history of this unit.
I am adding the folllowing post for information since the question was broached in the Indochina thread.
Originally Posted by MikeP
You cannot describe a member of a regular military formation or the formation itself as "mercenary."
They were part of a military contingent provided by S Korea as part of its responsibility to the structure of the time.
They were professional soldiers and would resent that reference.
Mike, I did some researched and contacted Korean Veterans, to assist me in answering your reply.
When Korea decided to send forces to Vietnam it was not with great support from the populace in general. However, after the over throw of President Rhee, the country was in dire mess economically.
Because of this there was a agreement structured that for troops sent economic aid would be provided.
It is not hiring a soldier as a individual but as a collective unit. A “quid pro quo” arrangement, a binding contract that involve consideration: that is, the exchange of something of value for something else of economic value. In this case their troops for economic aid.
Korea has a obligatory military service that every able bodied male had to perform, which still exist today Most troops (98%) that were sent were all volunteers. Why did they volunteer, better pay, food, clothing, equipment, and less corporal punishment administered.
Would they be offended if I considered them a mercenary, none seemed to object when I broached the question. For most it was better to go to Vietnam than suffer the cold winters on the DMZ, or the hot humid days humping the hills and rice paddies of Korea. The smell in the summer would kill one as they still used human waste for fertilizer.
Did it benefit both countries, I believe it did. Their military performed well fighting side by side with US units, and the economic aid helped build Korea as a economic power it is today.