Pacific Stars & Stripes, March 27, 1953
With 5th RCT, Mar. 27- An idea
for a Boy's town in Korea became a reality March 10 when a delegation,
led by Lt. Col. W. P. Knowles, representing Col. H. H. Fischer, 5th
Regimental Combat Team commander, presented a check for $18,000 to
Dr. D. W. Hyun, general secretary of the YMCA, in Seoul.
Boy's Town, Korea, is the counterpart of the late
Father Flanagan's famous Boy's Town in Nebraska. In December, 1952,
preliminaries were set into motion by Col. Leo L. Alfred, then 5th
In January the ground work was laid and a fund-raising
drive was initiated. Original plans called for $6,000 by March with
a final payment in June.
Interest in the Project spread rapidly and shortly
after the drive began, the goal of $18,000 was collected, allowing
for the completion of the project at an early date.
The drive boasted a surplus used for a memorial
plaque, which has been imbedded in a block of granite at the site
of Boy's Town.
A party of representatives journeyed from the
5th to Seoul Mar. 9 to present the money to the YMCA directors, who
will act as administrators. During a ceremony, Dr. Hyun expressed
the thanks of the Korean people for the opportunity offered the homeless
boys of Seoul.
Boy's Town, located on an island on the Han river,
is presently operating with two structures housing 35 boys. Construction
on the 10 remaining buildings will be completed in June. These facilities
will be completed in June. These facilities will house 165 additional
As Boy's Town grows, it will become self-supporting
through products grown on its farmlands and manufactured in its shops.
By August, 1954, it will be self-supporting.