Pacific Stars & Stripes, June 30, 1957
Seoul (INS)- Korean waifs and
ROK Air Force bands teamed up to provide fanfare marking the premiere
of "Battle Hymn" describing Col. Dean Hess's heroic actions in saving
trapped Korean orphans from the Chinese Communists in the winter of
The 40-piece band from the Orphans Home of Korea,
which houses most of the children Col. Hess airlifted to safety, and
the 60-piece Korean airmen's band played at the Kookdo Theater in
Seoul for the special premiere charity showing Wednesday.
The public showing which began Thursday was marked
with formation flights of U.S. Fifth Air Force jet planes over the
Col. Hess, after rescuing the waifs, organized
Hope Inc. to help the orphans to establish themselves. When the ROK
government returned to Seoul, most of the waifs were brought back
to the capital.
All proceeds accruing from the book Col. Hess
wrote on his experiences went to Hope Inc. to aid the orphans and
the profits from the movie will also be sent to the organization.