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Seoul Sanitarium and Hospital Orphanage


Located about ten miles out the East Gate of Seoul was the compound of the Seoul Sanitarium and Hospital, founded by Dr. George Rue of the Seventh Day Adventist church, with the help of his wife, Grace Rue. When Seoul was finally once again in UN hands the Rues added an orphanage to the other institutions that they created on this campus.

The "mother" and leading light in this operation was Grace Rue who, fifty years later, at age 93, came to the dedication of the Korean War Children's Memorial in Bellingham in July of 2003. Most of the photographs presented herewith were taken by George F. Drake on his many visits to the orphanage in 1952 and 1953 to deliver packages of material received by GIs in his unit from family and friends 'back home'.

Here are some of the children at the SDA Hospital/Orphanage. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.


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