Jan. 26, 1951
 

Youngster Writes Mother

'Hardbitten' GIs Take In Homeless Lad

 

 
By SFC Fred W. Baars
S&S Korea Bureau
 
WITH 1ST CAV. DIV. IN KOREA-Hardbitten American soldiers are notorious pushovers where children are concerned and tales of acts of kindness bestowed upon small fry of many lands occupied by U.S. troops are legend.
 
But to the members of the Ambulance Company of the 1st Cavalry Division, finding a Japanese boy stranded in Korea, was almost like finding an American kid, and they promptly took him in care,.
 
Mitsuo Nakamura, 15, came to Korea with his father and elder brother five years ago.  They prospered until the Communists struck.  Then their business collapsed and the father's health failed.  His present location and condition is unknown.  The two brothers found themselves in desperate straits.
 
Knowing of the treatment accorded the Japanese by the Americans occupying Japan, and having heard especially of the acts of kindness accorded Japanese youngsters by GIs, Harsuo advised his little brother to try to attach himself to the Americans when they entered Taegu while he remained to shift for himself.  And so it was that the medics spotted him by the roadside, smiling shyly and wistfully, as they entered the city on July 7, and quickly snatched him into an ambulance.
 
Because of his diminutive size, Mitsuo was nicknamed "Pee Wee."  He has been with the Ambulance Company ever since and is regarded affectionately by the officers and men.
 
Discovering that the mother and another brother are living in Osaka, the men had "Pee Wee" write a letter to his mother which they entrusted to this S&S correspondent, with the  request that it be forwarded to Japan in an effort to notify her of her husband's and son' situations.  They hope to arrange for the eventual reunion of the family in Japan.
 
Mitsuo's Letter To Mother:
 
To Mother,
 
                Have you been all right. . . mother?  I am very well being with kind (friends), please don't worry.  And I'm going to Japan pretty soon.  My picture will be in the paper in Osaka before I get there, please read it carefully.  And if you read it please look for me immediately.
 
                                                                                                               Mitsuo Nakamura