Stars and Stripes, December
Missile Men Bring Joy to Orphans
PYONG TAEK, Korea-About a hundred
children watched intently as men of the 4th Missile Bn. carried
mysterious packages into the dining hall of Eden Orphanage Friday afternoon
near here. A Christmas tree was lighted, and all of a sudden it was
Christmas time at Eden. Gifts were piled high under the gaily decorated
tree and from the organ in the corner came the familiar tones of carols.
Lt. Col. John E. Durst, 4th Missile Bn.
Commander, and his men, played the role of "dad for the day" at the
orphanage. The men, along with all units at Camp Humphreys, have supported
the orphanage for nearly two years.
"When the 4th Missile Bn. and the units
of Camp Humphreys began support of the orphanage the children were sleeping
between mattresses-they had no blankets and very little clothing to
cover their bodies," Durst said. Gifts of clothing and shoes sent by
the men's parents in the United States were distributed. Sweaters and
socks and scarves were knitted by the mothers and sisters of the 4th
Missile men especially for this Christmas program. Don Nagy, chief
of CARE Korea Mission was on hand to present food packages to Eden superintendent
Soo Young Chung. CARE provided Eden with blankets. Nagy said CARE
has distributed food and 7,000 blankets to about 30 orphanages in Korea
during this Christmas season. The program was devoted to giving gifts
of necessities, food and clothing, and to singing of carols and entertaining
Col. Robert M. Lorenz, post commander, said that
since Humphreys has been contributing to the orphanage, the children
"are better fed, better clothed, better housed and received better medical
attention than thousands of children in the rural villages."
Durst credited the 802d Engineers with saving Eden
from dissolution. The tiny building that housed them could no longer
accommodate the numerous orphans left in Eden's care. Koreans provided
the materials and the men of the 802d built the present building.