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Stars and Stripes, Dec. 17, 1951

Making Friends-Capt. Harry Filer (left), Miami, Fla., and S/Sgt. Carl C. Anderson, Craig, Alaska, get acquainted with some of the 100 Chejudo orphans.  The men who donated more than $3000 to the orphanage are crew members of 61st Troop Carrier Group.  The 61st, one year ago, airlifted the tiny orphans from the doomed city of Seoul.  (USAF Photo)


6122d Wing Revisits Korea Orphanage 

6122D AIR BASE WING-Men of the 6122d Air Base Wing's famous 61st Troop Carrier Group paid a flying visit to the Korean island of Chejudo Dec. 13, where the 61st airlifted 1000 sick, homeless, hungry little Korean orphans in the latter part of December last year.  The 61st, known as Norwood's Nomads, after their commander Col. Frank Norwood, Pasadena, Calif., made a timely arrival in the Far East in December 1950, which saw them available immediately for the evacuation of Hungnam.

 IN THE port city of Inchon last December, a thousand sick, cold, homeless, hungry little orphans waited for help which never came.  Under the care of a chaplain who had brought them out of the doomed city, the little refugees had been promised ship transportation by the Korean Navy and they had journeyed to Inchon for the ships which never came in.

 TEN HUGE C-54 Skymasters picked them up and a few hours later the thousand little orphans were safe at a hastily set up orphanage in an abandoned school on the island of Chejudo off the southern coast of Korea.  Members of the original crews of the planes that airlifted the orphans nearly a year ago paid a visit to Chejudo, this time with $3000 donation.

 THE MONEY WILL be used for the purchase of food and clothing for the children and to buy necessities for the orphanage.  "We are investigating their needs," said Maj. Paul E. Williams, Akron, Ohio, Executive officer of the Nomads.  "We plan to make the actual purchases ourselves then turn the goods to the orphanage officials."

 THE CHILDREN are now receiving reasonable care.  United Nations help has been great and as much attention as possible from the government of Korea has been afforded.




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