Pacific Stars and Stripes,
Feb. 23, 1951
1st Marine Air Wing, Korea- Some
10,000 Korean orphan children and refugees received clothing and toys
recently when 50 tons of gifts were distributed by officers of the 1st
The 1153 boxes, sent from an enterprising Marine
Corps League detachment in Passaic, N.J., brought the warm heart of
America to these innocent, cold, and hungry suffers of war in their
In an informal presentation to a group of South
Korean government dignitaries, including Mrs. Syngman Rhee, Brig. Gen.
Thomas J. Cushman, deputy commander of the 1st Marine Air Wing, turned
over the boxes to be distributed to organizations and orphanages.
While cameras flashed and movie cameras turned at
the pagoda-like building on the grounds of the provisional government
location in Pusan, where the articles were unloaded for distribution,
half the clothes and toys were already on the way to the Marine division
sector for distribution to the needy in that area.
Mrs. Rhee personally inspected the first truckload
and designated the orphanage to which it was to be sent.
The first lady of the republic, speaking for her
countrymen, said people both north and south in the peninsula will remember
forever all the "great humanitarian efforts so generously made" by the
United States. "We will remain forever grateful to you all," she said.
ROK Prime Minister Dr. John M. Chang, former ambassador
to the U.S. thanked the leatherneck flying flag officer. In excellent
English, he said, "The Korean peoplem were thankful for the military
assistance by Americans and now we become most grateful for (this) tangible
expression of sympathy by your citizens in offering the tons of gifts
to persons uprooted by war."
General Cushman told the prime minister how pleased
he was to be acting on behalf of civilian marines in the Marine Corps
League. He explained how the Passaic leaguers had exceeded their annual
"toys for tots" drive by campaigning also for these articles of warm
clothing for Korean refugees.
In addition to articles taken directly to frontline
areas, delivery was made to some 25 orphanages in the Pusan area. The
remaining truckloads were delivered to other government, private, Catholic,
and Protestant orphanages and missions, under supervision of Lt. (jg)
Charles E. Webb, Hartford, Conn., U.S. Navy Catholic chaplain serving
with the air wing.
General Cushman estimated the total shipment of
clothes and toys would benefit about 10,000 Korean men, women, and children
who are in "dire and tragic need."
"These 1153 boxes from the heart
of Americans will have a great effect in defeating the illogical doctrine
of communism," General Cushman said. "It demonstrates the human kindness