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300 copies of the following letter were printed and distributed to men of the 326th Communications Reconnaissance Company in January of 1953 by George F. Drake.  Men in the company were asked to sign the letters and send them to their hometown papers.  KOC-107



January, 1953


Girl Scout Troops, church groups, Veteran's clubs and individuals responded to a short article in a hometown paper of one of the fellows in my company.  He wrote a letter home telling of the orphanage supported by the men of this company.  Through his short article we received 60 packages for the orphanage.  That is why I write to you. 

If the people of his hometown will up and help him in that manner I feel that the people who read my home paper will do the same.  Will you please help me and my company in our project and print our story?  It is as follows. 

Over a year ago our company started supporting 55 children in an orphanage located next to our camp.  We fed and clothed them the best we could.  Even so we could not provide the close attention needed to have them brought up properly.  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 hands. 

Two Americans at the hospital, Mrs. George 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.  The contrary is true.  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. 

Christmas is past but the Christian spirit of giving should not be governed by the seasons.  These children need your help and need it now.  Won't you help us?  Anything you send will be greatly appreciated.  Send packages to me but marked "For Orphanage" in the event I leave the company before it arrives. 

                                                                             Yours very truly, 


                                                                             326th CRC, APO 301

                                                                             c/o P.M., San Francisco

                                                                             California, USA

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