Pacific Stars and Stripes, Dec. 26, 1952
WITH 6161st WING, Japan, Dec.
26- A transport plane of the bomber base left here recently with a
cargo of hope...food, clothing, and medical supplies for 150 orphans
in Onyang, Korea.
It was a new kind of mission for the veteran crew
of the C-47 transport, but for one passenger, Chaplain (Maj.) Arthur
E. K. Brenner, Philadelphia, it was like going home. Home, in this
case, is an abandoned ROK army hospital, a home for orphans founded
by Brenner in June, 1951.
"I SUPPOSE that this is the
first time that this plane has carried anything like baby clothes,"
said Brenner, "but this is the kind of cargo that builds peace. That
cargo," he said, pointing to a bomb-laden Superfort roaring down the
runway, "helps win it."
Hours later, the C-47 landed at an advanced base
in Korea. While fighter planes thundered from the airstrip, the cargo
was transferred to a waiting truck.
AS THE DUSTY truck roared up to the front of the
huge red brick building, children came from all directions, each greeting
the Air Force chaplain. Most of the children can remember the day
when he first came to Onyang more than a year ago.
The children greeted each newly opened box with
exclamations of delight and surprise. The boxes held food, clothing,
and medical supplies, gifts from every corner of the United States.
THE ONYANG Brenner orphanage rose from the ruins
of a Korean city. It was no small task that was begun by Brenner and
a group of Koreans headed by Cha Zong Shik, who came to the chaplain
asking for only a tent to shelter a group of children who had become
dependent on him.
When Brenner was transferred to Japan, his work
for the orphanage did not cease. He kept soliciting aid until, now,
there is a continual stream of supplies flowing to the orphanage.
"Someday," says the chaplain,
"we'll be able to build a school and even a college from what we have
done here. Even then our work won't stop for there are thousands of
homeless children in Korea, and some day they'll all have a decent