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Pacific Stars and Stripes, May 11, 1961

Col. Hess To Get Citation

Seoul - Air Force Col. Dean E. Hess will be awarded the Saessak Society's Sopa Prize for 1961 in recognition for saving 900 homeless children during the Korean War.

Hess, now head of the Air Force Information Office in Hollywood, airlifted the orphans to the safety of Cheju Island in an exploit later depicted in the film "Battle Hymn."

The Sopa Prize was established in 1956 in memory of the late Jung Hwan Bang (1899-1931), whose pen name was Sopa. Bang dedicated himself to the welfare of children.

The fifth annual prize will be presented to Hess this month through the Republic of Korea consul in Los Angeles.

In a letter to the Saessak Society, Hess wrote that he was pleased to accept the award "in the respect that it is an obligation on my part to work always in the interest and welfare of children."

S&S Korea Bureau






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