Stars and Stripes,
12 Aug. 52
M/Sgt. Frank McDonnel, Gloucester City, N.J.,
1st Sgt. of 607th Aircraft Control and Warning
company, who takes care of a Korean orphan, "Skoshi", whose father
and mother were killed in the Korean War. Skoshi has just been
awarded his Brigadier General Stars.
US Army Photo by Cpl. R.O. Park
WITH I CORPS-A group of Korean laborers trudged
up a hill to work on a construction project last January in Korea.
A tiny ill clad five year old boy wandered along behind them.
He didn't belong to anyone, the men said. His father and mother
had been killed in the war.
M/Sgt. Frank McDonnell, Gloucester City, N.J.,
first sergeant of an aircraft control and warning company in the
I Corps area, took the boy to the company. A bath, food, warm
clothing and a bed made from scrap lumber completed his home.
Speaking no English and nameless, he became "Skoshi."
"HE LEARNED very quickly," boasted McDonnell.
"Now, after seven months, he speaks English fluently." In fact
everybody of the company boasts about Skoshi, from Lt. Col. John
Kersch, Tacoma, Wash., who commands the installation, to the privates
who have taught him to play baseball.
"He is a good boy," said McDonnell. "Of course,
when he gets out of line, I spank him."
From the States came clothing, genuine levis
and real cowboy boots. A medal was pinned on hischest and a pair
of colonel's eagles on his collar.
A MEMBER of the I Corps staff visited Skoshi's
unit one evening. The bright child was his usual entertaining
self. From the I Corps staff came a promotion for Skoshi: a set
of brigadier general strs and a West Point shoulder patch. Sgt.
William Oleskey, Nanticke, Palk of the same company, assists in
caring for the Korean lad. Oleskey and his mother plan to adopt