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Pacific Stars & Stripes, Feb. 7, 1954

Korean Orphan Awaits Visa to U.S. Home

INCHON, Korea, Feb. 6 (Pac. S&S)- An 18-month-old Korean orphan may soon be living in his own room in Los Angeles together with his proud parents, Capt. and Mrs. Jerome C. Duffy.

The boy, Vincent, is now waiting in the Mary Star of the Sea Orphanage here for final arrangements to be completed so he may travel to his foster parents in the U.S.

Duffy first met Vincent last May and within a short time decided he wanted to take the boy back to California with him. He legally adopted young Vincent according to Korean law and will readopt the child in the States. The boy has passed the physical, and has a Korean passport and is now waiting for a visa number to enter the U.S.

The Duffy's had three children of their own.  But all three died, the last one shortly before Duffy, port operations administration officer, found Vincent.

The boy will enter the States under Public Law 162 which allows a certain number of war orphans to be adopted by service personnel and taken to the ZI.

The mustached captain visits Vincent nightly.  He feeds the boy supper and gets him ready for bed. Mrs. Duffy, a nurse to a Los Angeles hospital, sends special food for the growing lad.

Duffy said he hopes the travel visa will come through soon, as Vincent is beginning to speak Korean as well as English.

By Cpl. Howard Sayre



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