Pacific Stars and Stripes, September
YONG JA RETURNED and presented Pierce
with a ring, a picture frame, a set of chevrons and a smile that won
the corporal's heart. The friendship grew and each week end that the
soldier could spend in Seoul, he visited his young friend. With all
of Yong Ja's playmates, Pierce often took the children to Korean plays,
movies and ballets. "Throughout the plays, the children insisted on
fanning me with small fans," he said.
Pierce wrote home
to his mother about Yong Ja and recently his mother and neighboring
families sent the little orphan packages of clothes. He also sent for
more clothes from a mail order company and is attempting to raise enough
money for Youg Ja's education.