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Pacific Stars and Stripes, Sept. 22, 1952

Platter Show Spins $8000 Into Amputee Fund

By Robert Udick

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (UP)- A 24-hour record program spun to a weary clsoe yesterday after rasising $8000 for war-crippled South Korean children.

Money pledges, telephoned in during the night from bunkers, tents, barracks and billets throughout South Korea, shoved the fund to $42,000 nearly halfway to its goal of $100,000 to provide proper artificial limbs for bewildered youngsters who lost hands, arms and legs when war swept through their home.

Hoarse announcers kept the records spinning at the Army radio broadcast van while nine telephones continued to jingle with requests.

MARINES LED THE LIST of pledges having shelled out $400 to hear the Marine hymn played and another $100 toward keeping the artillery song off the air.

Aroused artillerymen promptly came through with $155 to get their song played, but the injunction pledged by the marines stayed in the pot.

One chaplin called in during the night pledging $10 and requesting the "Wheel of Fortune."

"But don't use my name on the air," the chaplain hastily cautioned.

One of the men taking phone requests, Cpl. George Redman, Philadelphia caught one of the biggest shocks of the night. He hung up his phone uncommonly gently and purred:

"A WOMAN CIVILIAN at Fifth Air Force headquarters just requested 'It's So Nice To Have a Man Around the House.'"

Marines took the brunt of many dedications from Army units. Among the songs dedicated to them: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better," "Baby Face" and "Too Young."

A marine replied with the dedication to the Army: "I Surrender, Dear."

A dedication of "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You" went to Communist General Nam Il.



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