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Pacific Stars and Stripes, Jan. 26, 1954

Korean Waif Celebrate American-Style Birthday

PUSAN, Korea, Jan. 25- Eight-year-old Georgia F. Clow celebrated her first American-style birthday in Pusan Thursday evening. Her other birthdays have not been so bright. She was born Jan. 21, 1946, less than a mile north of Korea's 38th Parallel. Georgia's name was originally Kim Yung Ja, a name that seemed to hold little promise for her in 1950.

Georgia and her younger brother saw their parents killed soon after the war began. Later, Georgia and her brother were separated in the evacuation rush to the south; she has never seen him again. Army M/Sgt. Mel Clow, of the 212th FA. Bn. saw Georgia wandering in the Seoul RTO, talked to her and then took the little orphan back to his own outfit with him.   Making the waif comfortable and changing her name was no new story to Clow. On the day that he and Georgia met, Clow had been traveling from Pusan after making the final arrangements to send a Korean boy to his wife and their three children in Henderson, Nev. It was all right for Roger, the first adopted youngster, to be with the artilleryman in the Chorwon Valley until he left for Clow's home in October, but it was much more difficult for the girl to live in the field with them. Friendly nurses at the 44th Mobil Army Surgical Hospital have been caring for Georgia since November. Then last week, Clow was transferred to Pusan by an understanding General so that Clow and his adopted daughter could make their final arrangements with the U.S. Embassy for her added infusion to the U.S.



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