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Pacific Stars and Stripes, March 9, 1956

War Orphans in U.S. For Movie Roles

HOLLYWOOD (UP)- Twenty-five Korean War orphans, ranging in age from 2 to 8 years, arrived here by air Thursday to portray themselves in the forthcoming movie "Battle Hymn."

The 11 boys and 14 girls were met by a local delegation from the Los Angeles Korean Colony wearing native dress.

Air Force Col. Dean Hess, who flew the special United Air Lines plane here from Seattle, presented the children with cowboy outfits, including toy guns, when they landed.

THE ORPHANS were sent from Seoul by Korea President Syngman Rhee to appear in Universal International Studio's film version of Hess' life story. Actor Rock Hudson will portray the famous "Flying Parson" of World War II in the film.

Hess, now special assistant to Lt. Gen. Emmett O'Donnell, Air Force Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, saved the lives of 800 orphans during the Korean hostilities by organizing an air lift for them to Cheju Island.

Some of these children were among the 25 met by Hess in a Seattle reunion.






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