Pacific Stars & Stripes, 14 July 59
TACHIKAWA, AB, Japan (S&S)-An
Air Force cargo plane filled with 20 calves donated by Texas ranchers
will land here Wednesday afternoon en route to Seoul to start a cattle
herd for a Korean orphanage.
The huge C-130 USAF transport took off from Waco,
Tex., Monday with its destination set as the Garden Of Children Home
Aboard will be Air Force Col. Dean E. Hess, famed
"flying parson" of World War II and one of the founders of the home
for war orphans in Seoul.
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Also on the flight will be newspapermen, network
radio broadcasters, James LeBlond of the Waco city government and
Fred Inge of the Department of Agriculture.
The C-130 Hercules, dubbed "Hercules Ark" for this
flight, is from the 440th Air Delivery Gp. at Waco. Upon arrival
at Tachikawa, the calves will be watered, cleaned up and cared for
by airmen of the Veterinarian Section of the Tachikawa Hospital.
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When the small "herd" of Texas cattle-including three
bull calves-arrives at the orphanage, it will provide food for the
home and animal husbandry training for the Korean students.
Col. Hess, now head of the Los Angeles Air Force
public information office, wrote a book of his experiences with the
Korean War orphans, called "Battle Hymn." The book was made into
a movie with all Col. Hess' proceeds going to the Hope, Inc. orphans
home which he founded.
The flying combat veteran of two wars-also an ordained
minister-hitched a ride for the cattle on the C-130 that otherwise
would have been ferried to Korea empty. He will pilot the plane.