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Without a parent command, Randall and his team sergeant could determine how the Det could best serve Korean Special Forces and the U.S. military presence on the peninsula. They also deployed to Australia, Hawaii, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Japan to support other military exercises. Much like Detachment A in Berlin, who based themselves out of a barracks that once belonged to the Waffen SS, Detachment K now worked out of what had been a bunker belonging to the Japanese Imperial Army. Rumor had it that the bunker was haunted, as some reported hearing strange noises inside at night (Det K, 63).

Inside the bunker were many of the same stations that the Det had when working from the Quonset hut on Camp Mercer. There was an aid station, supply room, rigger’s room, showers, bathroom, and a day room where the unit members could hang out after work and throw back a few cold ones with their teammates. Vault-like doors led into the bunker, and there was even an emergency escape tunnel that let out somewhere near the Han River.

By now, Korean Special Forces had expanded and had stood up their Special Warfare Command. Det K’s commander was the liaison to the Korean SWC commander, and his NCOs were liaison to the individual Special Forces brigades, essentially becoming a member of the brigade staff. During this time, Det K NCOs were also charged with writing contingency plans and designing the special operations portion of training exercises (Det K, 64). Much like in Vietnam and so many other places, Special Forces sergeants were filling roles that the big green machine—the U.S. Army—believes should be the purview of officers. Det K and Korea’s SWC had little issue with their arrangement and carried about their business.