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326th Communication Reconnaissance Company
APO 301 SF, California
23 Jan 1953

Mrs. Jennie B. Shrope
Pahatoong Mem Aux to Post 6701
Veterans of Foreign wars U.S.

Dear Mrs. Shrope:

Your letter of the early part of April has been passed on to us for action. We have a nice little committee here called the ORPHANAGE COMMITTEE which tries to distribute the work necessary on our part to aid the orphanage. As Corresponding Secretary I have the pleasure of answering your letter.

To say the least, we are immensely pleased with the response we are getting to our appeal for aid from the United States. It Is very heartwarming to know that there are people at home who have not forgotten the fact that many of the boys of the US (and other nations) are over here.

Every mail call brings more packages for the orphanage. We cannot tell you how much your aid is appreciated. Let me tell you a story.

A few nights ago as I sat here writing this same type letter, i.e. a Thank You note, I was called upon to investigate a crying girl at the barbed wire fence to the rear of our company. Upon inspection I found a sobbing youth who looked to be no more than 9 or 10 years old. She refused to say a word, could only sob. I was told that she had been there since about 10 AM. It was then 9 PM. One of the house boys told me that she had said that she was an orphan and wanted some food. That was in the morning. She had said nothing since.

We took her in and brought her to the hospital-orphanage in the morning. Still she said nothing. Kept a long face or cried. She is now hospitalized as she has a severe head infection. Yesterday I visited her and she smiled. If you could only know how that touched me. Can you comprehend the situation? Soon she will start talking and eventually she will be laughing and playing with the rest of the children at the orphanage.

To rescue such children we do, but we are only the middle man in the picture, We could not start to do half that we do if it were not for the unselfish aid that we receive from people like yourselves, Believe us, we greatly appreciate all that you do toward this end.

For the Orphanage Committee:

George F. Drake
Cpl. RA 12344689




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