Pacific Stars and Stripes, October 21, 1953
WITH 3D INF.
DIV., Korea - A little Korean orphan girl looks forward every weekend
to a visit from her new American friend, Cpl. Donald A. Pierce, division
photo lab. Pierce met the little girl, Yong Ja, 7, while on a weekend
pass in Seoul City. "She was embarrassed," he said, "and when I bought
her some candy and a coat, she thanked me and then ran away."
But Yong Ja returned to present Pierce
with a ring, a picture frame, a set of chevrons-and a heart winning smile.
The friendship grew, and each weekend the soldier could spend in Seoul
he visited Yong Ja. Arm in arm with all her playmates, the corporal often
took the children to Korean plays, movies and ballets.
THROUGHOUT the plays, the children insisted
on fanning him with small fans.
Pierce wrote to his mother about
Yong Ja, and she and neighboring families sent the orphan packages of
clothes. More clothes have been ordered from a mail order company,
and Pierce is trying to raise enough money for Yong Ja's education.