Pacific Stars and Stripes, May 4, 1952
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
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
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)