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Pacific Stars and Stripes, May 4, 1952

Girl Scouts, General Aid Refugee Tots in Seoul

Seoul (AP)- War refugee children of Seoul's crowded Powha and Samsung orphanages have been provided much needed cloths and toys through the efforts of a group of Arlington, Va., girl scouts and an Eighth Army one-star general.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 103 collected the articles in Arlington and mailed them to Brig. Gen. Gilman C. Mudgett, assistant chief of staff, G-3, Eighth Army requesting distribution among needy tots.

THE GIRL SCOUTS first heard of the need for the clothes and toys from a scout leader who attended a meeting at which the general's wife outlined the need for the clothing and playthings.

Tai Sun Kim, mayor of Seoul, who accompanied the general to the orphanages, pointed out that many of the children are from North Korea-abandoned or separated from their parents near the front.

THERE ARE 310 children in Powha and 65 in Samsun. The Korean government provides a monetary allowance sufficient only to feed the youngsters.

"The generosity of the people of the United States has contributed greatly to the happiness and welfare of Seoul's little war orphans," General Mudgett said. "The spontaneous gesture by Arlington's girl scouts surprised and greatly pleased the staff and children of the two homes," he added.

YOUNGSTERS WERE amazed when the general began distributing shirts, pinafores, shoes, dresses, pants, overalls and aprons.

Shouts of "goodbye general" and "hello to our tamadhis" (Korean word for pals) echoed as the general's party drove along a double line of happy waving children.


CLOTHES FOR ORPHANS- Arlington, Va., is a long way from Seoul, Korea, but a warm hearted gift of clothing and toys from the people of Virginia, brought the two cities closer together this week. The clothing was collected by girl scouts of Troop 103, Arlington, and was distributed to needy orphans of Powha and Samsung Homes, Seoul. Brig. General G. C. Mudgett, assistant chief of staff, G-3, Eighth Army, and Seoul Mayor Tai Sun Kim, received enthusiastic assistance from the boys and girls in the distribution at the Samsung Home. (U.S. Army Photo-caption, by PFC Maturo)



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