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Pacific Stars & Stripes, Oct. 22, 1953

Chief Stymied In Battle to Get Orphan to U.S.

HONOLULU, T.H., Oct. 22 (UP)- Vincent T. Paladino, New Rochelle, N.Y., gave up his struggle with legal red tape today and prepared to return to Tokyo with his 4-year-old adopted Korean son.

Paladino, a Navy chief petty officer, is under order to report in San Francisco for reassignment after duty in the Far East, but the immigration department has blocked the entry of his adopted son, Lee Kyung Soo.

Paladino found the boy starving on the streets of Inchon and adopted him.  He brought the boy with him when ordered home.  When they arrived here Sunday, immigration officials ruled a visa issued in Pusan only permitted travel in Japan and did not open the way for Lee's admission to the U.S.

Sympathetic Navy officials worked to find some legal loophole for Paladino to slip the boy through, but officials in Pusan indicated Lee would have to return to Tokyo and apply for entry papers.





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