Unchon-ni

By Codis Hampton II

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


Unchon-ni: One of the U.S. Army’s Best Kept Secrets. Conjure the image of leaving the comforts of your home and loved ones for a foreign country thousands of miles, and world’s apart from the life you are accustomed to. In fact, most individuals that return home from a tour with the army are never the same. From posttraumatic stress disorders to a lack of intimacy and sheer isolation, stationed soldiers suffer from a lack of communication and any sense of normalcy. Interestingly, Codis Hampton II’s Unchon-ni explains why U.S. soldiers have dubbed South Korea as one of the best places to be stationed. Unchon-ni is Codis Hampton’s “playground away from home.” Truthfully, villages like Unchon-ni are likely the only reason that soldiers—that are fortunate to be stationed in such locales—are able to maintain their sanity while constant terror surrounds them. If the pleasant nature of Unchon-ni had to be captured in one image or symbol, it would be the river, where villagers can be seen fishing, bathing, and washing clothes—it was their life source. While in Unchon-ni, the mood of the story takes a leisurely, light-hearted tone. The narrative captures Codis’ first experience, within minutes of entering Unchon-ni, as he is essentially conned into paying twice as much (ten dollars) for sexual favors. His second night on the town, however, is much more memorable, filled with drinking, clubs, and ravishing fun. More importantly, there is real camaraderie and friendship—with a fellow soldier, Dave—that, at least temporarily, allows Codis to partake in one of the main fixtures of the American society. Furthermore, Codis finds Jeanie, his “Angel,” in Unchon-ni. Considering the conditions surrounding an army’s base camp, one would deem it highly unlikely to have access to the resources that Codis had at his disposal. Astonishingly, Unchon-ni is where Codis falls in love with Jeannie, and gets the chance to establish a real relationship—not just the one night stand, known as “short time.” It also provides an insight into the on duty hours and lives of our American Soldiers at home away from home. The constant training and numerous field exercises they go through to keep their units fit and ready for action at a moment’s notice. The lifelong friends they meet and even their various disagreements with other soldiers. It stills boils down to Army units that are capable to prevent, defend, attack, or lie in wait until needed. There are a collection of instances, ranging from midnight clubbing excursions, or a night of wild drinking and sexual encounters, Unchon-ni provides the much needed female communication, attachment, and attention that soldiers are normally deprived of, making this tiny village one of the U.S. Army’s best kept secrets.


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Unchon-ni: One of the U.S. Army’s Best Kept Secrets. Conjure the image of leaving the comforts of your home and loved ones for a foreign country thousands of miles, and world’s apart from the life you are accustomed to. In fact, most individuals that return home from a tour with the army are never the same. From posttraumatic stress disorders to a lack of intimacy and sheer isolation, stationed soldiers suffer from a lack of communication and any sense of normalcy. Interestingly, Codis Hampton II’s Unchon-ni explains why U.S. soldiers have dubbed South Korea as one of the best places to be stationed. Unchon-ni is Codis Hampton’s “playground away from home.” Truthfully, villages like Unchon-ni are likely the only reason that soldiers—that are fortunate to be stationed in such locale...


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Although this is Mr. Hampton’s debut novel, he’s written satire, social and political commentary articles for his Katara-Rhythm newsletter since 2005. His first unofficial commentary came by way of email to a friend of his. He complained to his friend about how sportswriters, specifically this particular writer’s column always saw the dark side of athletes. He wrote the email in such a way that it was funny to his friend. So much, so that the friend suggested that Mr. Hampton should be a writer. His exact comments were “I would rather read comments that you wrote in this email than that guys columns. It’s funny and right on point with what exactly happened in this ball player’s incident. Hey Hamp, I think you have a gift. “ Mr. Hampton never forgot his friends compliment, partly because it gave him an approving critical review of his ability to write even though it came from a friend. More so because it gave him the impetus to place his written words on a venue that the public could now approve or criticize as he had done on the sportswriter newspaper article. The newsletter was already an idea in his mind because he wanted a venue to comment on the written and unwritten rules and practices of society. And as you may guess, one cannot escape the impact that political issues have on our society. He still writes for Katara-Rhythm.com although he is rebuilding the brand as of this day. Mr. Hampton’s next project will be an ebook compilation of some of his best and most humorous articles. It is expected to be released in this fall. This man has always been a rebel of some kind. It is his Leo nature to point out when people are unfair, unkind, and unruly, their behavior is unacceptable, unaccommodating, unaccountable and frankly downright rude. He has been an observer of life while he lived it. In some ways, he is a self-educated man with enough formal education that includes junior college and specifically taking course in psychology that opened up a whole new world of ideas to him. He was and still is especially intrigued with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Mr. Hampton self-interest is so varied that he categorizes himself as a jack of all trades and master of none. Sometimes he feels as though he is still that kid that wants to be a singer, actor, artist, businessman, scholar, and sage. He now realizes the next best thing is to enjoy and observe those who are what he wanted to be. So he has settled on writing as he enters his golden years. Unchon-ni is his first offering about a period in his life that is most important to him. He fully admits that it may not be the most artistic book in terms of grammatically correct of free from editing errors. It is a self-published book written from his heart. He bears his soul in this book. A quote from an ad he wrote details how he intended the public to perceive his days in Korea. In it he says, “In his semi-autobiographical debut, Author Codis Hampton II takes the reader through his experience as a seventeen-year-old African-American GI stationed in South Korea during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. Unchon-ni is not only a coming of age tale but a journey which the author shares the conflict between duty, country, and his heritage. You also get to share in the suspense, mystery and adventure he experienced as a Brother of Arms. A must read…” You can bet there will be many more books and articles written by this unique and gifted humorous commentator. But we urge you to read about how this man became a man in Unchon-ni. We guarantee it will be well worth your time.


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Although this is Mr. Hampton’s debut novel, he’s written satire, social and political commentary articles for his Katara-Rhythm newsletter since 2005. His first unofficial commentary came by way of email to a friend of his. He complained to his friend about how sportswriters, specifically this particular writer’s column always saw the dark side of athletes. He wrote the email in such a way that i...


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