Stars and Stripes, Dec.
St. Nick Swaps His Sled For
A Helicopter To Visit Buk Han San Orphans
Airborne Santa Delights Seoul
SEOUL (S&S)-A helicopter borne Santa Claus dropped
into the outskirts of Seoul Saturday to visit the children of Korea's
most famous orphanage. When the whirlybird set down near the three
large stone buildings which house the Buk Han San Orphanage, the neatly
dressed orphans could barely suppress their wide-eyed excitement as
Santa stepped out of his mechanized sled with a bag on his back overflowing
Representatives from the two companies of American
soldiers who sponsor the orphanage were nearly as excited as the kids.
The 1st Loudspeaker and Leaflet Co. and the 314th
Ord. Co., who have made Buk Han San the most modern orphanage in Korea,
were throwing their annual Christmas party for their protégés. The
"buddy system" was adopted for the party as each soldier paired off
with one of the youngsters. They stayed together, sharing the entertainment,
refreshments and the excitement of unwrapping the gifts from Santa.
The children, in turn, entertained their soldier
friends with a program of familiar carols sung in both Korea and English.
Christmas is for kids-and these hardy American soldiers in a foreign
land did not forget that.