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 or the rescue of over 200 children by the US Marines in the Kanung operation.

 

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

 

 Photographs - Saving Lives

 

 
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

 

A Haven Hidden in the Hurting City

More Help Needed By Korean Orphans

Korean Children in Need

The Sergeant Didn't Go Home

18th Wing Pilots Aid War-Ravaged Waifs

 

Yank Pities Orphan, Knows Hungry Look

Redlegs Adopt Korean Pin-up

2 Tots Become Youngest POWs

Korean Orphan Adopted by GIs

War Is Hell-Even To Little Korean Lad

 

Clark AB Men Adopt Orphans

Korean Mother, Child United After Long Trip

24th Div. Gives Emergency Care

Army Units Continue To Clear Pusan

Charity of U.S. Troops Fantastic

 

Little Seoul Girl Covered With Maggots Found Dead

Christian Children's Fund Assists Tots

1st Marines Lead Dimes Drive List

Seabees Contribute $50 To I Corps Amputee Fund

I Corps Amputee Fund Nets $75,872.89 for Children

 

Far East Footnotes

3,000 Refugees Move to Tents

Foundling Given Loving Attention

Sergeant Saves Korean Child From Red Fate

Solon Tells House Members How Yank Fighters Assist Kids

 

2 Frontline Infantrymen Become 'Mothers' For Day

Korean Waif Capture Hearts Of Puzzled 25th Div. Engineer

Children Show War's Cost

Sergeant, Wife To Rear Waif

I Corps Men Contributed Almost $360,000

 
Stateside checks Up I-corps fund
Voice from Korea:Won't You Help Us Off Our Knees?
Record of Medical Forces in Korea Held Unexcelled
Korean Children Saved From Cave Get Help
The GI's Give a Hand to the Koreans 
 
Korea Waif Gives Yanks Brief Relief
Korean Waifs aided By Navy
Yanks Befriend Korean Orphan
War Orphans: Fighters Pause to Aid The Helpless
Isle of Hope, Tiny Kims of Korea Find a Refuge
 
Seoul shows Calloused Attitude In Child's Plight
Tots Respond To Love, Care
All So Small
Orphans Face Suffering
Waifs in War's Backwash
 
Lad's Woes Near End - Part 1
US Soldiers Give away Fortunes to Charities
Platter show spins $8000 Into Amputee Fund
Tankers give $1,561 For Korean Amputees
MPs Feed Starved Kids
 
Tank Unit’s Donation Amazes Chaplain
She’ll Live To Tell How AF Winked at the Book
Korea Lad Given Aid
Sam Sung Orphans, Christmas Heartbreaking Sight In Seoul
‘Hardbitten’ GIs Take In Homeless Lad
 
Airmen Care For Korean Lad
Mess Treats Hungry Waifs
Yanks In Korea Give $13 Million In Aid
"Vagabond" Aids I Corps Fund
 
Photographs