November 8, 1950
By Cpl. Pat Murphy
WITH THE 1ST CAV. DIV. IN NORTH KOREA-Henry
wiggled out of his sleeping bag, set his six-sizes-too-big cap squarely
on his bristle-haired pate and commanded: "Hokay. Getcha out bed."
It was a big day for Henry. He had been promoted
from a 1st Cavalry Division corporal to master sergeant,
and he was making sure his men knew his authority.
No orders had been issued on Sergeant Henry,
nor could he have passed any of the Army's entrance requirements.
For Sergeant Henry is a casualty of war; a South Korean orphan adopted
unofficially and cared for by a group of young American soldiers.
It's fairly difficult to remember when Henry
was picked up, but Cpl. Jack Folds, of LaGrange, Ga., the man who's
been appointed official guardian, thinks it was near Taegu in South
"A bunch of us guys were sitting around a fire
one night," Corporal Folds drawled out, "when some South Korean
kid walked up with Henry hand-in-hand and said, 'Presento.' He
just gave him to us. And we've had him ever since."
Henry's new guardians don't know too much about
his past, but from what they can get through interpreters, Henry's
mother was murdered by Communists and his father was killed while
serving with the South Korean army.
Since joining the American Army, seven year old
Henry has acquired a multitude of Western habits. "He's a pretty
cocky kid," Folds said, "but it's because we've taught him to stand
on his own feet.
"He's not much at speaking English, but he's
catching on fast. Henry's learned most of the GI terms like 'chow'
and 'mess kit' and 'Get on the ball.'
"But don't get me wrong," Folds warned, "we've
taught him lots of things a real gentleman should know. He's well
mannered, so it hasn't been such a hard job. Every morning, he
gets up and says 'gud mo'ning' and starts to help the boys with
cleaning up and packing their tent rolls.
"And we haven't had any trouble with his personal
habits," 21 year old Folds said. "Right from the beginning, he's
taken a real interest in his cleanliness. He washes his own clothes
and bathes by himself. We don't even have to wash behind his ears."