Pacific Stars and Stripes,
Dec. 24, 1953
HQ., 1ST MARINE DIV., Korea, Dec. 24.- A Marine
sergeant who received one of the largest shipments of food and clothing
under this division's Operation Santa Claus Tuesday boasted enough
chow to feed 1,200 Korean children.
Sgt. Joseph R. McKinnon, Marion, Va. Monday opened
74 large packages and crates for Korean children's parties which were
mailed by citizens of his hometown. The shipment contained dry
milk, beans, chocolate, canned fruits, vegetables and meats.
McKinnon, slightly dazed by the amount of "mail"
from home said port officials in San Francisco reported to his parents
that he was the recipient of the largest single shipment of Operation
Santa Clause supplies to pass through that city this season.
The allotment of food arrived Monday at Inchon
and was trucked to the division immediately where it was added to
the stacks of gifts marines are preparing to hand out at Christmas
throughout the holiday season.