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Feb. 22, 1951

UNSOLICITED AID-Mrs. Syngman Rhee, wife of Korea's president, expresses appreciation on behalf of the people of Korea for 1153 crates of warm clothing and toys for Korean refugees sent by a Marine Corps league detachment in Passaic, N.J., to Marine officers (left photo).  Left to right are Mrs. Rhee; Lt. (jg) Charles E. Webb, chaplain; Prime Minister Dr. John M. Charg; Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Cushman, deputy commander of the 1st Marine Air Wing; 1st Lt. Roy E. Oliver, aide to General Cushman, and Dr. C.S. Choi, ROK vice minister of social welfare.  In right photo homeless children at the Airyin (Love and Help Them) orphanage in Pusan gleefully inspect playthings, gifts from America.  (USMC Photos)

Korea Orphans Receive 50 Tons Of Gifts


1ST MARINE AIR WING, Korea-Some 10,000 Korean orphan children and refugees received clothing and toys recently when 50 tons of gifts were distributed by officers of the 1st Marine Air Wing.  The 1153 boxes, sent from an enterprising Marine Corps League detachment in Passaic, N.J., brought the warm heart of America to these innocent, cold and hungry sufferers of war in their homeland.

In an informal presentation to a group of South Korean government dignitaries, including Mrs. Syngman Rhee, Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Cushman, deputy commander of the 1st Marine Air Wing, turned over the boxes to be distributed to organizations and orphanages.

While cameras flashed and movie cameras turned at the pagoda-like building on the grounds of the provisional government location in Pusan, where the articles were unloaded for distribution, half the clothes and toys were already on the way to the Marine division sector for distribution to the needy in that area.  Mrs. Rhee personally inspected the first truckload and designated the orphanage to which it was to be sent.

The first lady of the republic, speaking for her countrymen, said people both north and  south in the peninsula will remember forever all the "great humanitarian efforts so generously made" by the United States.  "We will remain forever grateful to you all," she said.

ROK Prime Minister Dr. John M. Chang, former ambassador to the U.S. thanked the leatherneck flying flag officer.  In excellent English, he said, "The Korean people were thankful for the military assistance by Americans and now we become most grateful for (this) tangible expression of sympathy by your citizens in offering the tons of gifts to persons uprooted by war."

General Cushman told the prime minister how pleased he was to be acting on behalf of civilian marines in the Marine Corps League.  He explained how the Passaic leaguers had exceeded their annual "toys for tots" drive by campaigning also for these articles of warm clothing for Korean refugees.  In addition to articles taken directly to frontline areas, delivery was made to some 25 orphanages in the Pusan area.  The remaining truckloads were delivered to other government, private, Catholic and Protestant orphanages and missions, under supervision of Lt. (jg) Charles E. Webb, Hartford, Conn., U.S. Navy Catholic chaplain serving.



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