Published in the Schenectady Union-Star newspaper
in Schenectady, New York on 19 March 1953. Eifert sent one of Drake's
letters to his home town paper with great results.
The tragedies of war don't always
occur at the front. In Korea where war has been raging between the forces
of freedom and the Communists since June, 1950, many Korean children
have lost their mothers and fathers - but they have not lost friends.
Pvt. Arthur J. Eifert of Rotterdam is one such friend.
He and his buddies have taken time out from regular duty to play "dad"
to 274 of these homeless youngsters quartered in a Seoul sanatorium
In a letter to the Union-Star Eifert, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Arthur H. Eifert, 504 Curry Rd., expressed his concern for
the tiny victims of war. He asked that his story of the aid to the orphanage
Eifert wrote: "Over a year ago our company started
supporting 55 children in an orphanage located next to our camp. Even
though we could not provide the close attention needed to have them
brought up properly, we fed and clothed them the best we could.
"Since people of responsibility
could not be found to run the orphanage for us we moved the children
to Seoul Sanitarium and Hospital Orphanage where they were integrated
into the larger household of over 200 children.
"Here are the true victims of
this war. Thirty percent have TB; numerous others are hospitalized with
communicable diseases. The most recent group to enter were twenty-four
unfortunate tots suffering from malnutrition. They had been starving
and freezing in their small orphanage while the overseer was stealing
the money given by the government for their food! Now they are in good
"Two Americans at the hospital,
Mrs. Rue, the Director's wife, and Miss Robson, the head nurse, have
accepted full responsibility for these derelicts in the sea of humanity.
Some of the tots are brought to the orphanage by people who found them
living in caves, eking out an existence by raiding garbage piles and
begging. "Others, new born, were found in the gutters almost without
life. The two American women have taken on the orphanage as additional
duties besides their running the hospital. They are directly responsible
for the raising and keeping of the children but what a task! Two people
caring for 274 children! Our job has not been lightened by turning our
charges over to Mrs. Rue and Miss Robson. This may seem contrary, but
"We now have 274 charges and
they are all in dire need of our assistance and all the help our friends
at home can give us. Basic food staples are scarce, powdered milk, chocolate,
cereals, dried fruits and vegetables, all are desperately needed. "Outing
flannel for infant's clothes and corduroy and other material for larger
children's clothing is needed. Shoes of all sizes, but especially for
the smaller tots, are lacking. Some sort of waterproof material for
the infant's cribs is needed to protect bedding.
"Hardly any of the children in
the hospital with TB have pajamas and such a thing as sheets for the
beds is unheard of. And so goes the list."
Eifert added: "These children need your help and
need it now. Won't you help us?" Anything that Schenectadians send will
be greatly appreciated, he wrote.
The army man asked that packages be sent to him
but marked "Orphanage" in the event he leaves the company before they
His address is:
Pvt. Arthur J. Eifert, US 51125789,
326th Comm. Recon. Co.,
APO 301 c/o P.M.,
San Francisco, Calif.
Eifert has been in Korea about four months. He entered
service Oct. 9, 1951.
Printed in the Schenectady Union-Star 19 March 1953