Pacific Stars & Stripes, Feb. 6, 1953
Pasadena, CA, Feb. 6 (INS)- A young Korean orphan
was united today with the Army surgeon who adopted him and arranged
to have him brought to this country as an American citizen.
Little Rhee Sung Wu, 10, stepped from a Western
Airlines plane at Los Angeles and was greeted by his adopted family-Capt.
Sylvestor Booker, his wife, and their son, Paul Michael, 8.
It was two years ago that Capt. Booker first met
the tiny waif in an Army medical aid station and performed the surgery
on the child's hand that saved his life.
AN ACT of Congress made Rhee an American citizen.
Sen. William R. Knowland, (R.,Cal.) put a rider on a bill in Congress
that changed him from a Korean to an American.
Rhee was wide-eyed and chattered incessantly as
he was driven to the Booker home in Pasadena. He brought with him
gifts from Tokyo and Korea which he showed to his new brother, Paul
Michael. Booker said he is to return to foreign duty soon and will
be assigned to Yokohama, Japan. Mrs. Booker and the two children will
join him there.