Pacific Stars and Stripes,
Feb. 6, 1953
By M/Sgt. Dick Bartlett
WITH U.S. 7th DIV, Feb. 6 (Pac.
S&S)- A time-honored ridge pole ceremony yesterday commemorated the
donation by the 7th division of an entire school building to the children
of Pochon, Korea.
Maj. Gen. Wayne C. Smith, commanding general of
the division, and other military dignitaries were on hand for the
two-hour ceremony which included the unveling of the bilingual signs
naming the $10,000 building the 7th Division Memorial school, build
by the citizens of Pochon in honor of the division's heroic dead.
"Today is a very significant
day in the history of the 7th Division, a day of remembrance," he
The drive was begun among division units last
November when the 7th Division was stationed in the Pochon area. Previous
school buildings at Pochon, half-way between Seoul and Kumhwa, had
been destroyed during battle.
Before raising the ridge pole into place on the
frame structure, Smith, Kim Bup In, Korean Minister of Education,
and others dignitaries knelt before a low table to receive a small
cupfull of wine. They in turn poured the wine over the ridge pole.
WHEN COMPLETED, in approximately three months,
the school building will be approximately 150 feet long and completely
equipped for classes.
Following the ceremony the 7th Division officers'
mess invited those present for refreshments.
Kim Yung Kee, govenor of Kyonggi-do province,
and other Korean officials presented Smith with flowers and presents
as tokens of appreciation "for the kind-heartedness of the men of
the 7th Division."