Pacific Stars and Stripes, June 22, 1959
OSAN AB, Korea- More than 2,000
pounds of clothing, books, toys, and medical supplies from Texas arrived
here Friday en route to a Hope, Inc. orphanage in Seoul.
The gifts, donated by Texas high schools and junior
chambers of commerce, resulted from a tour of Texas by Col. Dean Hess,
founder of the orphanage.
Col. Hess gained fame after he organized Operation
Kiddy Car in the winter of 1950-51 that airlifted more than 800 Korean
waifs to safety from the Chinese communists on Cheju Island off the
tip of the war-torn country.
A token package was presented to President Syngman
Rhee earlier by Lt. Gen. Robert M. Lee, United Nations Command chief
First Lt. Richard E. Travis, commander of a 103
Hercules Transport, and his crew picked up the gifts at James Connelly
AFB, Tex., and flew them here. They were transported to Seoul in two
Air Force trucks.
Maj. Gen. Chester McCarty's 12th Air Force handled
the initial Stateside arrangements and final delivery was
made by the Hercules of the 817th Troop Carrier Sq., Ashiya AB, Japan.
S&S Korea Bureau