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Pacific Stars and Stripes, March 22, 1953

75th Wing Gifts Aid Goal Of Presbyterian Home

AIR LOGISTIC FORCE, Korea, Mar. 22 (Pac. S&S)- men of the 75th Air Depot Wing in Korea are adding another heart-warming chapter to the oft-told story of American servicemen's generosity towards the underpriviledged.

The airmen found a nearby orphanage after their January landing and soon began shairng their rations with the children, chopping kindling, and launching a campaign that has brought in more than $3,000 to bolster the orphanage. Maj. Orvil T. Unger, wing chaplain, sparks the campaign.

WHEN THE AIRMEN arrived, 140 children, 60 of whom belong to the 30 widows who also live at the orphanage, were subsisting on meager rations and only living in a building which had only two heated rooms.

A scholarly Korean Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Yak Sin Lee, cared for the women and children. Lee, who has five daughters and a son of his own, began taking the destitute into his home in 1945.

But because there were so many war widows and orphans who needed help badly, the reverend's home soon became overcrowded.

He asked the government for one building, and then another. He got both buildings and about two and one-half cents a day from the government for each child.

LEE ALSO WANGLED a small plot of ground from the Korean navy on which he grows vegetables. Sometimes he finds it hard to get seeds. The widows and children eat barley mostly, and occasionally some rice. Rice is rare, however, and so is fish, as both are too expensive.

Lee, who speaks excellent English, heaps praise on the nearby Americans for getting his flock safely through the last months.

And because he ralized that the Americans must one day leave, he dreams of a small factory equipped with looms, where his widows and children may weave cloth which can be sold. Before the 75th arrived, it seemed like an impossible dream, but with more than $3,000 saved and with more to come, Lee sees his hope approaching reality.




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