Pacific Stars and Stripes, 15 Feb 53
WITH 5TH RCT, Feb. 15 (Pac.
S&S)-The 5th Regimental Combat Team opened a drive last week to build
a Korean "Boy's Town" on an island in the Han river near Seoul as
a living monument to men of the 5th RCT who have died in Korea.
The refuge for Korean boys left homeless by the
war will be constructed on Ram Ji Do, the former site of a YMCA summer
camp for boys. All but one of the buildings on the island was destroyed
during the siege of Seoul.
WHEN COMPLETED, "Boy's Town, Korea will have classrooms,
workshops, and housing units for some 200 boys. Men of the 5th RTC
have set a goal of $18,000 to carry the project through the first
18 months of operation.
Fund raising for the project got off to a flying
start last week with men in the "Triple Nickel" (555th Field Artillery
Battalion) raising $2,500 of their $2,700 goal with a raffle.
The 5th is in the midst of its own raffle with
prizes including a trip to Japan and $100 being offered to donors.
Twelve other valuable prizes add further interest to the drive .
FUTURE PLANS CALL FOR THE ISLAND Boy's Town to
be self- supporting. Col. Lee L. Alfred, former regimental commander,
offered his regiment's help in getting the homes started a few months
ago when Hyn Dong Won, general secretary of the Seoul YMCA, told him
of a need for such a project.
Boy's Town, Korea will be dedicated to the fighting
men of the regiment who have died since the regiment entered the Korean