Unchon-ni, South Korea, I Remember 1962-63 by Codis Hampton II Offers a Rare, Authentic Glimpse of Coming of Age in the Military in the 1960s

In Codis Hampton II’s debut semi-autobiographical book, Unchon-ni, South Korea, I Remember 1962-63, he shares his coming-of-age tale of leaving America as a young 17-year-old boy, only to return 14 months later as a mature adult. The book illuminates the triumphs and struggles of race, gender, equality, civil rights, and military obligations during the 1960s.

Codis Hampton II is an author, entrepreneur, blogger and radio show host.

Codis’ first love is writing, with books spanning multiple genres including biographical historical non-fiction, urban fiction, self-help and more. His books include: Unchon-ni, South Korea, I Remember 1962-63; Misguided Intentions; The Episodic Thoughts of Hamp—Or A Blogger’s 1999-2014 Perspective; The Episodic Thoughts of Hamp Volume II; Remembering Moz, Gracie & John Hampton’s First-Born; and Gracie Hall-Hampton, The Arkansas Years, 1917-1953.

A multi-faceted talent, Codis is a blogger at https://hcofa.net and the host of the Blog Talk Radio Show. The show offers a mixture of Rhythm & Blues and Smooth Jazz songs from his personal collection of CD’s. His varied interests range from business and political commentary, to creative arts such as acting, comedy, cartooning, and vocal and instrumental music.

In this time of unprecedented change, political polarization and global uncertainty, Codis seeks to speak truth to power, advocating for independent thinking, supporting the growth of local communities and always doing what is right.

This one-on-one interview shares Codis Hampton II’s background and experience in writing Unchon-ni, South Korea, I Remember 1962-63.

Tell us about Unchon-ni, South Korea, I Remember 1962-63.

Unchon-ni, South Korea, I Remember 1962-63 shares my experience as a seventeen-year-old African-American GI, leaving the comforts of home and loved ones for the first time, to be stationed in South Korea during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

It is a riveting story where I share my conflict between duty, country, and heritage; my love affair with a village camp town girl; the suspense, mystery and adventure I experienced in a war-torn community as a Brother of Arms; how people of color dealt with civil rights, racism, and their military obligations; and why U.S. soldiers have dubbed South Korea as one of their best tour assignments.

Now, I have written five books. But the story of a boy arriving in Korea, and leaving fourteen months later as a full grown man, was my first.

Why did you decide to write Unchon-ni, South Korea, I Remember 1962-63?

This book came about in an interesting way. After leaving comments on sportswriters’ and reporters’ newspaper articles, I received feedback that my raw talent of detailing facts and describing events was sometimes better than the articles I was commenting on!

Combined with my passion for writing and sharing commentary on pressing social issues, I began publishing a newsletter on a range of subjects, using satire to explain current social and political matters affecting our society. This was the perfect transition to authoring the story of my military assignment in South Korea.

What moment or event inspired you to take action or change your life?

I wanted to be the man my father thought I could become.

Events and incidents facilitated my growth beyond my wildest dreams. I learned some things by accident by being in an Army environment, specifically Camp Kaiser, Unchon-ni, South Korea.

Unlike high school, this time, I was paying attention—a reason for the memories etched in my mind. If I close my eyes and lean back in a chair, I can still see the streets of Unchon-ni and smell the pungent odor permeating the village air. It’s as if I am standing there today.

What is one message you would like readers to remember?

Unchon-ni is a study in people—it’s an emotional roller coaster ride offering an in-depth look at men’s and women’s relationships from all walks of life.

It’s a book for anyone interested in following the path of a seventeen-year-old GI, just as he discovers who he is, where he fits in the world, and then later on in society. It’s the story of how I became a man.

The overall experience was so rich and real for me that I felt compelled to share it with you.

Purchasing the Book

A must-read for anyone interested in the life and times of our servicemen stationed overseas, Unchon-ni, South Korea, I Remember 1962-63 is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores. Readers are encouraged to purchase their copy today: https://outskirtspress.com/Unchonni 

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