Pacific Stars & Stripes, March 23, 1953
By Sid White
Pusan, Mar. 23 (INS)-A New
Yorker acting as an emissary of Milwaukee's "gift lift" to orphaned
Korean children yesterday handed out stacks of clothing donated by
dairy state citizens.
Cpl. Edwin M. Rosenthal, New York City, said,
"I'll never forget this day as long as I live." He helped to slip
some of the clothing on the tots at the Isabelle Home, an orphanage
outside Pusan for children aged from 6 months to 12 years.
Fitting a pink slipper to the foot of one bewildered
little girl, Rosenthal said: "I hope I don't drop her. I haven't held
a baby in my arms since my 5-year-old brother, Gerald gave me a big
hug before I left for overseas 13 months ago."
The pink slippers were donated by Mrs. Richard
Somonson of LaCrosse, Wis.
One outfit was donated by the mother of Pvt. Tom
Corcoran, Milwaukee, who started the clothing drive and turned it
over to Rosenthal when he rotated home last month.
Rosenthal's unit chaplain, (Capt.) Matthew A.
Lowe, Covert, Mich., helped in the distribution and said he is making
plans for more of the generous Milwaukee contributions as soon as
He said the present shipment should take care
of the needs of the Isabelle home. There were two other orphanages
on his list for later assistance.
As he passed out the clothing, Rosenthal said:
"All the soldiers who have families at home appreciate any donation
for these destitute children."
"What I witnessed made me feel
like a big brother to all of them."