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During the Korean War the American Armed Forces saved the lives of thousands upon thousands of Korean children. Besides the physical intervention of a single GI (all branches of service, men and women) to rescue a child as portrayed in the first article below the GIs often rescued hundreds of children at one time in various rescue operations such as the Kiddy Car Airlift organized by the 5th Air Force where almost a thousand children were saved (place a link here) or the rescue of over 200 children by the US Marines in the Kanung operation (place a link here).

When orphanage administrators report that upwards of 90% of all their aid comes from the American servicemen and that the children would have died without this help we must recognize that the donation of over two million dollars for orphanage aid by GIs during the war years from a pay usually less than one hundred dollars a month also helped save the lives of thousands of children.

The stories posted below and on other pages are those that were recorded somewhere and which we were able to locate. Daily, though, we are hearing about particular units who rescued 14 children hiding in a ditch near the Chosin Reservoir or a GI who goes out of his way to locate abandoned or lost children and get them to an orphanage. I am sure these stories, never before put in print, would account for many more thousands of children whose lives were saved by the US forces. We will add them to the collection as we find them.

To get an idea of the social, physical and cultural context within which the American GIs were operating in their attempts to rescue the children we present a page of photographs illustrating the situation faced by the civilian population of Korea during the war years.

Photos of Korean War Refugees

Please be aware that some of the material that could have been placed here is posted in other categories. To bring up a document click on the "Read" button. Here are some of the stories. On a separate page we post photographs.

Photographs- Saving Lives


Sergeant Carries Baby to Safety
Army Nurse Helps Send Korean Waif Back to Recovery
The Little Boy Who Wouldn't Smile
Chocoletto: A Korean War Orphan Joins the Marines
The GI and the Kids of Korea
Voice from Korea:Won't You Help Us Off Our Knees?
A Haven Hidden in the Hurting City
Record of Medical Forces in Korea Held Unexcelled
More Help Needed by Korea Orphans
Korean Children Saved From Cave Get Help
Korean Children in Need
The GIs Give a Hand to the Koreans
The Sergeant Didn't Go Home
Korea Waif Gives Yanks Brief Relief
18th Wing Pilots Aid Waifs
Korean Waif Captures Heart of 25th Div.Engr
Yank Pities Orphan, Knows Hungry Look
Yanks Befriend Korean Orphan
Redlegs Adopt Korean Pin-up
Crying Korean Gets New Home
2 Tots Become Youngest PWs
War Orphans: Fighters Pause to aid the Helpless
Korean Orphan Adopted by GIs
Isle of Hope, Tiny Kims of Korea Find a Refuge
War is Hell…Even To Little Korean Lad
Korean Waifs aided By Navy
Clark AB Men Adopt Orphans
Tots Respond To Love, Care
Korean Mother, Child United
All So Small
24th Division Gives Emergency Care
Orphans Face Suffering
Army Units Continue to Clear Pusan
Waifs in War's Backwash
Charity of US Troops Fantastic
Seoul shows Calloused Attitude In Child's Plight
Little Seoul Girl Covered With Maggots Found Dead
Lad's Woes Near End - Part 1
Christian Children's Fund Assists Tots
US Soldiers Give away Fortunes to Charities
1st Marines Lead Dimes Drive List
Platter show spins $8000 Into Amputee Fund
Seabees Contribute $50 to I-Corps Amputee Fund
Tankers give $1,561 For Korean Amputees
I Corps Amputee Fund Nets $75,872.89 for Children
Far East Footnotes-1
Far East Footnotes-2
MPs Feed Starved Kids
3,000 Refugees Move to Tents
Tank Unit’s Donation Amazes Chaplain
Foundling Given Loving Attention
She’ll Live To Tell How AF Winked at the Book
Sergeant Saves Korean Child from Red Fate
Korea Lad Given Aid
Solon Tells House Members How Yank Fighters Assist Kids
Sam Sung Orphans, Christmas Heartbreaking Sight In Seoul
2 Frontline Infantrymen Become ‘Mothers’ For Day
‘Hardbitten’ GIs Take In Homeless Lad
Korean Waif Captures Heart Of Puzzled 25th Div. Engineer
Airmen Care For Korean Lad
Children Show War's Cost
Mess Treats Hungry Waifs
Sergeant, Wife To Rear Waif
Yanks In Korea Give $13 Million In Aid
I Corps Men Contributed Almost $360,000
"Vagabond' Aids I Corps Fund
Stateside checks Up I-corps fund


Material that could have been placed here can be found in "Feature Stories", in the reports on the Kiddy Car Airlift and in other sections of this web site.




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