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