Nov. 26, 1959
MP Investigator Adopts
A SALUTE FOR A FRIEND at the entrance to the 19th
Military Police Bn., 1st Cav. Div., Korea, is extended
by Cha Moon Dal, alias Cha Michael Dunbar, as he enters the compound.
The boy was found abandoned by the Military Police detachment a little
more than a year ago. He will leave Korea for the U.S. Dec. 4 with
his foster-father, civilian investigator Charles E. Dunbar of Mount
Holly, N.J. (USA Photo)
HQ., U.S. 1ST CAV. DIV., Korea (IO)-A
Korean orphan boy, once abandoned to die of starvation of exposure,
will leave for the U.S. Dec. 4 as the adopted son of a civilian investigator
with the Military Police detachment here. Cha Moon Dal, since renamed
Cha Michael Dunbar by his foster father, Charles E. Dunbar of Mount
Holly, N.J., was found, cold and hungry, by the MP detachment a little
more than a year ago.
The MPs said he was born in Kaesong at the outbreak
of the Korean conflict, when the communists invaded his home.
WHEN CHA was about 3 months old he was put in a
Republic of Korea vehicle heading south. He went from one orphanage
to another before being abandoned. Investigator Dunbar was appointed
unofficial guardian of the boy after the MPs took him as a mascot.
Later, when the ties between the man and the boy
grew stronger, Dunbar wrote to his wife about adopting Cha as their
son. The answer was yes.
WHILE ADOPTION proceedings were being carried out
by the Holt agency in Seoul, Cha was enrolled in the Paju Primary
School, where he finished first in his class with a 95 average. Mathematics
was his best subject. Mike, as his MP friends call him, will have
a room all to himself at 216 Cardinal Lane in Mount Holly. A new
outfit of clothes is hanging in the closet and, according to Dunbar,
he's practically a member of the local Boy Scout troop already.