Pacific Stars and Stripes, October
HQ. U.S. 45TH DIV., Korea, Cot. 8 (Pac.
S&S) - More than $300 in cash prizes and nine extra R&R leaves
to Japan will be awarded winners of the 45th (Thunderbird)
Division's orphans' fund drive which ended yesterday. Winning tickets
will be drawn at a commanders' conference Friday by Maj. Gen. P.D. Ginder,
division commander. Eight enlisted men and two officers holding winning
stubs will each receive a cash award of $300, and an extra seven day
R&R leave to either Tokyo, Kokura or Osaka, depending upon his choice. In
addition, one man from the team that raised the most money during the
drive will get an R&R and $300.
750 ORPHANS ON CHEJU One of the orphans'
homes to benefit by the 45th Division's fund drive is located
on Cheju Island, where 279th Infantry Regiment troops were
stationed earlier this year. The island is inhabited by some 750 Korean
children between 2 and 17 who were orphaned by the war. Ginder first
conceived the idea of making the home a Thunderbird project after the
179th made initial contributions.
Maj. , assistant chief of staff and chairman of the
drive, said the orphans on Cheju are now living in tents and in the
island's agricultural high school building. The first aim of the drive,
he said, was to provide permanent housing for the children. He cited
their need for winter clothing, more food and winter quarters as the