Oct. 9, 1948
By Cpl. Paul Hershey
7TH DIV. IN KOREA-The 7th
Division Military Police received their first replacement since they
landed at Inchon, two weeks ago. He is Pak Sung Sung, 11, a small
Korean boy who was picked up along the roadside in the 7th
Division area by Father Patrick Cleary, one of the chaplain's of the
division. He was standing beside the body of his dead sister; his
parents had been killed earlier.
Father Cleary is a civilian missionary who has
spent 27 years in Korea. He made his escape to Japan when the Reds
first pushed south into the territory where he was living. Pak was
turned over to Cpl. Oscar D. Martin, Gainesville, Ga., for his basic
training as an MP and safekeeping until a home could be found.
On his first day in the Army, Martin introduced
him to DDT. Next, the orphan received a haircut and new suit similar
in color to the field uniform of U.S. troops in Korea. Since ratings
are no problem on the Korean front, Pak wears the bars of a first
lieutenant plus MP crossed pistols. Martin first taught him hand
signals used in traffic direction. Pak, a good student, not only
conquered this phase of training, but also emulates everything Martin
does-on duty and off.
Division headquarters men hope that Pak never learns
to write up DRs. If Martin takes him back to Japan, 7th
Division soldiers are not so sure he won't plaster Honshu and Hokkaido
with off limits signs.