326th Communication Reconnaissance Company
23 Jan 1953
Mr. Willis Foster
Bowmann Dairy Co.
It has been brought to my attention by Mrs.
Edwin Pearson of the Women's Society of Christian Service, North
Shore Methodist Church, Glencoe, Illinois that it was through
your kindness and generosity that we are in receipt of the powdered
milk sent to the orphanage supported by this company. In this
short letter I am going to try to thank you for your thoughtfulness.
I cannot only say, "thank you" and
let it go at that. That is too cold, too impersonal and tends
to leave the recipient of the gesture of gratitude not too greatly
impressed with the appreciation felt on the part of his beneficiary.
How then, am I going to impart to you this feeling that is within
us, this feeling of deepest gratitude for all that you specifically,
and many other individuals and groups are doing in our common
effort to help children in need. I have often quoted the expression
"Gratitude is the memory of the heart."
Accepting that as a basic truth then you can
rest assured of long lived gratitude since the tortures of hunger
and want are not soon forgotten nor is the person forgotten who
eased such pains. These children will not remember you as Mr.
Willis Foster but rather as an American Friend, one who helped
when we were down and out. These friendships, built on such a
solid foundation, will have lifelong repercussions on this nation,
as it is the children who will soon grow to be the moving forces
here as elsewhere.
The children say, "Ko map sum ni dah!"
We of the 326th Comm Recon Co say, "Thank you."
George F. Drake
Cpl RA 12344689
Secty Orph Comm