Nov. 29, 1951
WASHINGTON-"I think the entire world should be
interested in a great humanitarian project that is being conducted
by American fighting men in Korea," said Rep. Foster Furcolo (D.,
Mass.) at a recent meeting of the House of Representatives in Washington.
Furcolo said, "I have just been informed of it
by Cpl. Lionel Barrow, Springfield, Mass., who is a member of our
Armed Forces fighting in Korea. In a letter to me, he tells the story
of a combat unit's drive to help 108 North Korean orphans through
the winter. Let me emphasize that the orphans being aided are North
"The units involved are the 25th Tropic
Lightening Division's tankers-the 89 Medium Tank Battalion (commanded
by Lt. Col. William Hamilton), and its attached organizations, Company
A, 79th Medium Tank Battalion and 14th Infantry
Regiment Tank Company."
FURCOLO THEN READ Barrow's letter to the House.
"To the Chinese Communists, Task Force Hamilton means blazing 76s
and certain death, but to 108 children between the ages of two and
15 in an orphanage in Seoul, it means candy and security against the
hard winter which will soon be on us.
"It may seem incongruous to some
people that a battalion of hard hitting tankers, who spend their days
and nights killing and being killed, should also be willing to prevent
death by providing the money which will feed, clothe and shelter 108
North Korean orphans they have never seen. But doesn't seem so to
"WITHIN THE WEEK the 89TH
Tank Battalion of the 25th Division will have turned half
of a needed $1650 over to the UN civil assistance command for the
He-Myuhg orphanage in Seoul.
"The money will be used by the
UNCAC's public welfare officer, P.G. Cross, to buy shoes, woolens,
fuel, supplement their diet, put windows in the somewhat wrecked building.
"AS ONE CONSTANT visitor to the
orphanage explained, those are the things they need; 'not high-heel
shoes, silk panties, nylons, lip-stick, semi-formal party dresses.
Necessities, not frivolities.'
"However, this is but one part
of a two fold plan. 'There is a definite need for aid from organizations
in the states,' Gross said. 'Units like yours (meaning the 25th
Division) can come to the rescue in an emergency such as exists today,
but it takes an outfit permanently located like a church or a well
established social organization to provide the steady flow of goods
and money that is needed.'
"PART TWO of the plan calls for
getting a personal contact between the tankers and the kids, having
the tankers write to their families, friends, etc., and interest them
in sending the needed items overseas on a regular basis."