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Pacific Stars and Stripes, June 16, 1959

Gifts For Korean Tots

ASHIYA AB, Japan (S & S)- Three crates containing 2,700 pounds of gifts from the people of Texas to Korean orphans in Seoul will be airlifted June 18 from here.

The shipment-to be flown to Osau AB aboard a C-130 Hercules of the 817th Troop Carrier Sq.-is marked for Hope Inc., an orphanage founded by Air Force Col. Dean Hess in Korea.

Col. Hess gained fame after he organized Operation Kiddie Car in the winter of 1950-51 that airlifted more than 800 Korean waifs to safety from the Chinese Communists to Cheju Island off the southern tip of the war-torn country.

The Ashiya crew recently flew the gifts to Japan from James Connelly AFB at Waco, TX. after one of the C-130's was ferried back for overhaul and modifications.

The gifts were collected by the Junior Chamber of Commerce throughout Texas.

Hope Inc. is an agency dedicated to helping needy children in Seoul. It was made famous by a movie, "Battle Hymn." Based on Col. Hess' autobiography.

Col. Hess-also known as the "Flying Parson"-is a veteran of more than 250 combat missions in Korea during the three-year conflict.

He is an ordained minister of the Central Christian Church in Marietta, Ohio.

Col. Hess is currently assigned in Los Angeles, CA, with the Air Force's Office of Information Services.



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