Stars and Stripes, July 7, 1954
WILD BILL (L) AND SGT. BERNARD L.
COOK IN KOREA
HQ., U.S. 24TH DIV., Korea, July 7-For
several months now, the 724th Ord. Bn. has been father,
mother, employer and guardian of a small Korean orphan-known to the
unit members as Billy, or "Wild Bill." When Wild Bill first came
to the battalion, the men immediately adopted him as their mascot.
Since that time, the youngster has spent his days just as the rest
of the soldiers do.
The six-year-old boy falls out for reveille daily,
polices up the area with the rest of the soldiers and stands all inspections
with his cap pistol. He has never been "gigged" during an inspection.
Wild Bill's future is also bright. Sgt. Bernard
L. Cook of the battalion's Co. A plans to adopt the lad and return
to the U.S. with him. Cook initiated adoption proceedings soon after
the boy came to the outfit. "I won't go home," the sergeant said,
"until I can take Billy with me."