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Pacific Stars and Stripes, Dec. 26, 1952

Transport Carries Hope To Chaplain's Orphanage

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 chance."




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