Pacific Stars and Stripes,
Dec. 12, 1954
Pusan, Korea (7thTPC)- When
M/Sgt. Charles Renneau, Cedar City, Utah, rotated after 16 months
in Korea, he had to leave behind a Korean girl who is now his daughter.
While serving as first sergeant and AFAK NCO at
Hq. Co., 296th Trans Truck En., Renneau began adoption of Lee Hwa
Ja, 13. He didn't have time to complete the adoption before rotation.
He went back to the U.S. and left Lee Hwa in a Pusan orphanage.
Renneau filed formal adoption papers in the States
recently, and Lee Hwa is now on the preferred quota list for entrance
into the U.S. as his dependent. The sergeant, 57, met his adopted
daughter at the John Don Boscoe Orphanage, which is sponsored by the
truck battalion's Hq. and Hq. Co..
Renneau, whose own children are now grown, spent
his spare time helping the orphanage . He obtained tons of clothing
for the children by writing letters to his friends at home and asking
them to help. The John Don Boscoe orphans showed their gratitude each
day when a few of them visited the "sah-gint" in the battalion orderly
room. They brought him gifts of flowers and often were rewarded with
apples and oranges.
Lee Hwa came every day. Her broad smile and pleasant
manners made her Renneau's favorite. The sergeant and his wife decided,
shortly before his rotation, to adopt the girl.