WITH 1ST MARINE AIR WING (AP)-A Christmas
from Nebraska is coming for 200 Korean orphans here Sunday. Marine
airmen will hand out to the children of the orphanage at Pohang, on
Korea's west coast, more than 1000 gifts sent from Nebraska, most of
them from Omaha.
THE WIDE EYED little orphans will get everything
from toys to tooth brushes, along with a mountain of warm winter clothing.
The Santa Claus of the belated yuletide party is a young sergeant from
Omaha named Gene A. Leahy.
SERGEANT LEAHY, 22-year old amphibious vehicle operator
attached to the 1st Marine Air Wing, wrote a letter recently
to the Omaha World-Herald seeking Christmas gifts of clothing, toys
and food for the Pohang orphans. The letter was carried in the newspaper
and Leahy's appeal brought immediate and voluminous results. More than
200 packages poured in from Nebraska to the chaplain's office of Marine
Air Group 33.
"WE FILLED A tent with the things we received," exclaimed
Lt. Cmdr. James A. Sullivan, Newport, R.I., Catholic chaplain who worked
with Leahy on the project. "In all," said Sullivan, "there are more
than 1000 gifts for the homeless children." "Our project almost got
out of hand." he added with a broad smile.