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Pacific Stars and Stripes, Aug. 17, 1953

Footless Korean Waif Grows Normally

Boys Town, NB, Aug 17 (AP)- Remember Son Yong Cho, the orphaned, footless shoeshine boy taken from the streets of Pusan and sent to Father Flanaganís Boys Town by American soldiers?  

Today, like thousands of kids all over America, 12-year old Cho is swimming, playing ball, and having the time of his life at summer camp.

CHO WAS A bashful little guy in a cowboy suit the night of May 25 when he arrived at Boys Town.  American servicemen in Korea had made the arrangements and financed the trip.

Heís not quite so small now. He has a reputation for his appetite and heís filling out so much heís had to have a new pair of artificial feet.

The young Korean still doesnít have much to say to adults, but his shyness is gone when heís with the other boys. He still loves cowboy shirts and you donít often see him around the green lawns of Boys Town without a pair of toy guns strapped to his waist.

CHO HAS BECOME quite a baseball player and he runs right along with the rest of the kids. Heís learned to swim too.

This summer, John Pak, a young Korean studying for the Catholic priesthood, has been tutoring Cho.  In the fall, Cho will attend a special class at Boys Town school.

But within a year, Boys Town officials think Cho will be ready for classes right along with others of his age.

THAT WILL BE quite an accomplishment for a youngster who never has had any previous formal schooling.

Right now, Cho is at Lake Okoboji in northern Iowa. Groups from Boys Town have been going there this summer for week-long outings.  Itís a long way from the cold, dirty streets of Pusan.


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