Pacific Stars and Stripes, November
HQ., 1ST MAR. DIV., Korea - A carpenter,
a homeless Korean boy and a mother and father in the States are the
characters in a Korean true story of the struggle against suffering
wrought by war. In the beginning, Shun Shin Hi had a mother and father
and a home. But they were killed by the Communists in 1951. After
that, he took care of himself as best he knew how.
One day he found an American Marine
camp and his nose scented out the mess hall. The cooks noticed the little
waif outside the compound and decided to take him in. They fed him, and
other members of the leatherneck outfit wrote home for clothes for their
collective ward. Shun did odd jobs around the compound to show his appreciation
and to help pay for his keep. Last April Cpl. Michael J. Cassano, a carpenter,
joined the unit. He and Shun became close buddies and the carpenter decided
to adopt his little friend. Cassano, a bachelor, found he could not adopt
Chun himself, so he put the problem up to his parents in Syracuse, N.Y.
Their answer was immediate and without hesitation. "We will be only too
glad to take Shun to live with us," wrote Mr. and Mrs. John S. Cassano.
The Cassano's have three other children, but feel they have room for another.