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Pacific Stars & Stripes, Dec. 10,1953

Korea Yule Gifts Sent By Special Shipment  Under Operation Santa

SEOUL, Dec. 10- The response of Americans to pleas for Christmas packages to Korea has become so vast that the Army has arranged for special shipment of the gifts under Operation Santa Claus.

Col. Vachel D. Whately, Eighth Army Civil Affairs officer, announced today nine tons of packages marked "Santa Claus, Army Eight" are already on their way to Korea.  When the ships arrive in Pusan, the presents will be transported to Seoul, where they will be distributed tot he addressed units.

Under Operation Santa Claus, American outfits here will receive directly packages shipped at Army expense and addressed to them. The contents will be distributed under their supervision to the many orphans and needy they are sponsoring.






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