Pacific Stars and Stripes,
Dec. 16, 1951
6122nd AIR BASE WING- Men of
the 6122nd Air Base Wing's famous 61st Troop Carrier Group paid a flying
visit to the Korean island of Cheju-do Dec. 13, where the 61st airlifted
1000 sick, homeless, hungry little Korean orphans in the latter part
of December last year.
The 61st, known as Norwood's Nomads, after their
commander, Col. Frank Norwood, Pasadena, Calif., made a timely arrival
in the Far East in December 1950, which saw them available immediately
for the evacuation of Hungnam.
In the port city of Inchon last December, a thousand
sick, cold, homeless, hungry little orphans waited for help, which never
came. Under the care of a chaplain who had brought them out of the doomed
city, the little refugees had been promised ship transportation by the
Korean Navy and they had journeyed to Inchon for the ships which never
Ten huge C-54 Skymasters picked them up and a few
hours later, the thousand little orphans were safe at a hastily set
up orphanage in an abandoned school on the island of Cheju-do off the
southern coast of Korea.
Members of the original crews of the planes that
airlifted the orphans nearly a year ago paid a visit to Cheju-do, this
time with $3000 donation.
The money will be used for the purchase of food
and clothing for the children and to buy necessities for the orphanage.
"We are investigating their needs,"
said Maj. Paul E. Williams, Akron, Ohio, executive officer of the Nomads.
"We plan to make the actual purchases ourselves then turn the goods
to the orphanage officials."
The children are now receiving reasonable care.
United Nations help has been great and as much attention as possible
from the government of Korea has been afforded. The children receive
Christian teaching and daily receive instruction in art, handicrafts,
The Blackjack Squadron of the 61st alone donated
$1500. Spurred by Lt. Col. Andrew E. (Black Mac) McDavid, commanding
officer, Phoenix, Ariz., more than $1400 was raised from the auction
of a single Christmas card that was painted by the orphans and presented
to the Nomads.