Pacific Stars and Stripes, date
BOSTON (UP)- Mayor John Hynes
Thursday asked the Army to give Boston a new citizen-a 14-year old
Korean war orphan.
He asked Army Secretary Frank Pace to grant a
request of Sgt. Richard Bernard, 22, who wants to bring home "Button,"
his combat outfit's mascot.
Bernard, serving his second tour of combat duty
in Korea, wrote the major that the boy was "adopted" by members of
Battery C. 937th Field Artillery Battalion, two years ago when his
parents were killed by enemy shell fire.
BERNARD DESCRIBED the boy as "handsome and highly
intelligent" and said he would bring him to his home which he shares
with his five brothers and six sisters.
Hynes wrote Pace: "The least we can do to show
this kindly and brave man that his services to his country are highly
regarded back home is to extend ourselves to please him."
He said, "Furthermore, Buttons looks as if he
would make a good citizen for the city of Boston."