Jun. 25, 1959
CHRISTMAS PRESENT of the men of Hq. and Hq. Co.,
1st Battle Gp., 17th Inf., 7th Inf.
Div., is being taken away by M/Sgt. William H. Mott, first sergeant.
The "present" is 5-year-old "Needee," a Korean-American orphan girl
picked up wandering around the Camp Kaiser gate last Christmas Eve
and adopted by the company. Mott and his wife have adopted Needee.
UNCHON-NI, Korea-The Christmas present of an entire
company of U.S. soldiers here is being taken away. Men of Hq. and
Hq. Co., 1st Battle Gp., 17th., 7th
Inf. Div., are losing a gift they obtained last Christmas Eve-and
their first sergeant is the culprit stealing it away. Oddly enough,
the entire company is happy about the deal.
The "present" is a 5 year old blond Korean-American
orphan girl found by sentry Sgt. James Lutes at the main gate of Camp
Kaiser last Christmas and adopted by the 7th Div. soldiers
as their mascot. M/Sgt. William H. Mott, First Sergeant, fell for
the moppet and wrote his wife in the U.S. suggesting legal adoption.
Mrs. Mott met the idea with enthusiasm and adoption
wheels were set into motion through the International Social Service.
Meanwhile, the little girl, named "Needee" by her soldier foster fathers,
became a pampered mascot around the 17th Inf. outfit.
She was fixed up with her own room, was taught
English by scores of enthusiastic professors, was given the choicest
chow from the headquarters mess hall and generally lived high in the
In May her adoption was realized and Mott became
the only soldier on Camp Kaiser with a dependent. The Korea branch
of the Mott family tree will leave Korea for the U.S. next week.
"My wife and three other children are anxious to
meet Needee and will be at the airport when we land," Mott said, beaming.
His prediction of the only problem in Needee's adjustment to the U.S.
was, "She won't have so many men to make a fuss over her."