Pacific Stars and Stripes, July, 1951
With 2d Log Com-The youngest
brigadier general in Korea came into Pusan this week on travel orders
issued by a corps headquarters somewhere in Korea. His name is Brig.
Gen. Han Min Whan, age 6.
Saluting everything in sight and swaggering as if
he were wearing three stars instead of one, "General Han" presented
his order to the rail transportation officer. They read: "Deliver this
orphan to Cpl Baily M. Sandlin, Judge Advocate Section, 2d Logistical
Command. Sandlin will deliver him to the Happy Mountain orphanage."
The Little General, who calls himself "Jiggs" for
short was wearing a fitted and neatly pressed OD uniform. On his cap
he was sporting the shiny star of a brigadier general. His "Form 20"
and "Form 66-1" read like a 76-month-in-grade PFC's nightmare-from corporal
to first lieutenant to captain and then a hop, skip and jump to brigadier
general-all in three months.
Sgt. Charles A. Moyer, Barry, III wrote Corporal
Sandlin saying, "It was like pulling eye teeth." Sergeant Moyer and
all the rest of Jiggers' many foster papa-sans agreed, though, that
the little warrior was through playing soldier for a while and that
going to school with other children would be better for him, general
or no general.
Corporal Sandlin has agreed to visit the wee general
every Tuesday on his afternoon off. Han Min Whan wants all his friends
back at corps headquarters to know that he will be on his best behavior
at the Happy Mountain orphanage.