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Pacific Stars and Stripes, Dec. 24, 1953

Korean Boy's Parents OK Adoption by Sergeant

HQ., U.S. 24th DIV., Korea, Dec. 24- SFC Robert W. Holman, Medical Co., 21st Inf. Regt., is hoping to make this Christmas an unforgettable even for a 9-year-old Korean boy named Kim Cug Han.

The sergeant hopes to take Kim back to Pontiac, Mich. next March as his adopted son. The final adoption papers are expected to be processed by Dec. 25. If everything goes according to schedule "Peanuts," as he is nicknamed, will receive an extra special Christmas gift-a chance for American citizenship.

Although Kim's parents are living they consented to the adoption because they know they cannot provide the opportunities that will be afforded him in the U.S.

Holman, who spent six years of his youth in an orphanage, feels Kim should be given every possible advantage. To put it in Holman's words: "I know what it is like to feel insecure as a child and I don't want Peanuts to have that experience. He's going to have two things I wasn't fortunate enough to receive-security and an adequate education."

Holman first met the child just after the 24th Div. returned to Korea last July. He took an immediate liking to the boy and decided to adopt him.






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