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Pacific Stars and Stripes, June 18, 1957


THE KOREAN CONFLICT orphaned thousands of children, but some of these youngsters have since been lucky.

Lucky in finding new homes and foster parents who love them, both in the United States and in their own country.

Among thousands of children being cared for in Korea are 607 boys and girls at Hope, Inc., an orphanage near Seoul. These children owe their welfare to Col. Dean Hess, an American minister who became one of the nation's top flying aces during the Korean Conflict.

Col. Hess flew 280 combat missions during his Korean service and arranged transportation for nearly 1,000 war orphans from Seoul to the safety of a south coastal Island.

Hess wrote a book entitled "Battle Hymn" on his Korean experiences, and it was later used as the basis of a movie of the same name, starring Rock Hudson.

Hess donated proceeds from book and movie to the upkeep of Hope, Inc., an orphanage he began during the conflict.

The orphanage is directed by Mrs. Onsoon Whang, a soft-spoken, motherly Korean woman portrayed in the film by actress Anna Kashfi.

One unusual aspect of Hope, Inc., is a 42 piece children's band which was developed by another American of good will - Lt. Col. Charles E. Gilbert, a former Civil Assistance Command Officer.

Col. Gilbert, who had been with the Music Dept. of Ohio State University, gave the children musical instruction during his free time over a two-year period.

Among the orphans, 25 lucky children got a free round trip to Hollywood to assist in filming "Battle Hymn."

Several of these youngsters were among those Hess personally rescued during the Korean Conflict.







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