Yakima Daily Republic newspaper clipping.
31 Oct. 1952
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Palwick, 810 S. 7th St.,
have received an appeal from their nephew, Pfc. George F. Drake, 24,
to send items to youngsters in a Korean orphanage instead of Christmas
presents to him.
"Christmas for me this year will be spent in
a tent in Korea, about 40 miles from the front lines."Drake wrote."I
want you to send me children's clothing, toys, picture books, candy,
tricks, crayons, paints - anything that would make a bright spot in
the heart of a child in want."
Drake, who visited Yakima last summer, said he went
to Manassas Manor in Korea where his company helps support an orphanage.In
Manassas Manor were 33 girls and 22 boys. Most of them were under
5 years old, but some were as old as 12 and 13.
"There is always the view from the rear of the
orphanage to remember," Drake wrote. "A series of low hills
covered with white stone markers - the cemetery - occupying a much
greater proportion of the hillside than ever before."
The GI said:"The orphans comprehend nothing
of the cruel life about them. For the most part their parents are
not even known. They wear rags of all sort, much of which is made
up of cast-off GI clothing."
The soldier said his address is Pfc. George F. Drake,
RA 12344689, 326th Comm. Recon. Co., APO 301, San Francisco, Calif.
He said Yakima Valley residents also can send items directly to him
or to his aunt and uncle who will forward them.
Printed in the Yakima Republic 31 Oct. 1952