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Feature column in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune, 1 April, 1953 by columnist George Grim.  This is a follow-up on an earlier column responding to a letter by Andy ---------,  326th CRC.  KOC-109



George Grim

Minneapolis Morning Tribune

1 April 1953

This is a letter from a corporal in Korea.

It's in the spirit of hope and faith of this Easter week-end.  In the midst of a frustrating war, the corporal and his buddies looked up and saw a child.

"Andy asked me to get this letter out about this extra little job of ours.

"Our company started supporting 30 children in a poor and until then government supported orphanage.  Their rice ration was meager.  Living conditions weren't just poor - they were terrible.  The men of our company, the 326th Communication Reconnaissance Company, built an orphanage building near our company area and moved the children there.  That was in January of 1952.  We supplied the full support of the original 30 children and acquired 24 more homeless kids before we gave up in our efforts to furnish everything the children needed.

"We couldn't get competent administrators.  Trustworthiness seemed to be lacking in the people we hired.  Secondly, the sanitation and water problem was always present.  So on December 8, last, we moved the children, the works, to the Seoul Sanitorium and Hospital Orphanage.

"Our orphanage committee is composed of about ten men in the company especially interested in the welfare of these children and able to put time into the project.  We run raffles, game nights, solicit donations at pay call for the financial support of the youngsters.  Over the past 12-month period the men of this company have donated more than $4,000!

"Through newspaper articles and personal requests, such as one you ran in your column, over 200 boxes of clothes and food have come during a four month period.

"The committee has pitched in to help two American women, Miss Robson and Mrs. Rue with the orphanage as a whole, 270 children.  These two women have a fantastic amount of work running the hospital and nursing school.  They rarely get a chance to write letters pertaining to the orphanage.  We keep up with all the packages and letters for them.  We're going further - we're starting a campaign called 'Project Schoolroom.'

"This is an effort to enable these children to take care of themselves and not need to remain on public welfare all their lives.  We intend to given them vocational training.  Some of the girls probably will enter the nursing school.

"Hope your readers may be able to give us a hand."

 So says the corporal - George F. Drake.

I've checked further, and found that 30 percent of the youngsters have tuberculosis.  Two have had legs amputated.  The children go to school in the same rooms in which hey sleep.  The U.N.Korean relief service has just given money for a modest, but adequate school building.

Needed are paper, pencils, erasers, maps, rulers, pains, dress patterns, needles, thread, yarn, barber scissors and more.  Desks can be built in Seoul, but money is needed.

I can't think of a better project for a club - than to help the corporal and his men in Korea.  It will prove that we haven't forgotten them - as we help them with these homeless Korean youngsters.

The corporal's address is Cpl. George Drake, RA 12344689, 326 CRC, APO 301, c/o Postmaster, San Francisco, Calif.  Or you may address Seoul Sanitorium and Hospital Orphanage, APO 72, c/o Postmaster, San Francisco.  Domestic postage rates apply.

          What better gift this Easter time?



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