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Pacific Stars and Stripes, June 22, 1959

Texans Send Gifts to Orphanage

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 of staff.

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






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