July 7, 1954
WILD BILL (L) AND SGT. BERNARD L. COOK
HQ., U.S. 24TH
DIV., Korea, July 7-For several months now, the 724th Ord.
Bn. has been father, mother, employer and guardian of a small Korean
orphan - known to the unit members as Bill, or "Wild Bill." When Wild
Bill first came to the battalion, the men immediately adopted him as
their mascot. Since that time, the youngster has spent his days just
as the rest of the soldiers do. The six year old boy falls out for
reveille daily, polices up the area with the rest of the soldiers and
stands all inspections with his cap pistol. He has never been "gigged"
during an inspection.
Wild Bill's future is also bright. Sgt. Bernard
L. Cook, of the battalion's Co. A, plans to adopt the lad and return
to the U.S. with him. Cook initiated adoption proceedings soon after
the boy came to the outfit. "I won't go home," the sergeant said, "until
I can take Billy with me."