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Pacific Stars and Stripes, Nov. 30, 1952

Sailors, Marine Unite to Garb Korean Tots

WITH ROK I CORPS, Nov. 30- If the Nak San orphanage begins looking like a United States Navy boot camp in a couple of weeks the responsibility can be traced to the generosity of sailors on a cruiser and to a marine who doesn't mind asking a favor.

Children at the orphanage have just become the recipients of half a ton of Navy dungarees, whites, woolens, caps, and pea jackets-gifts of the sailors.

THE CLOTHES will have to be cut down a good bit since Korean orphans come in mighty small sizes. That's where the two week's delay comes in.

The marine comes in as the person who arranged the whole thing. He's T/Sgt. Paul Cohen. As a radioman assigned to an artillery coordination center near the coast of Korea, Cohen maintains and repairs radios used to direct Navy gunfire on communist targets a short distance inland.

He gets time off from duty occasionally, and on one recent day off, went sightseeing to the beautiful Nak San temple nearby. The orphanage, located on the same grounds, is run by the temple's Buddhist priests.

COHEN, A FAMILY man whose wife, son, and daughter live in Sand Diego, Cal., spend most of his time with the orphans and got a good look at the ragged condition of their clothes.

A quick source of clothing, Cohen reasoned, was the cruiser stationed off shore. So on his next trip with its gunnery officers, Cohen's boss, Navy Lt. John Sikich, New Orleans, carried with him a request from Cohen to the men of the ship to donate any garments they could spare.

THEY COULD spare plenty-enough to pack a helicopter three times for the ship to shore transfer.

Since cruisers are replaced by others at regular intervals, Cohen figures he's tapped a never-ending source of clothing supply and hopes to outfit many more orphan boot camps before he moves to a new assignment.




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