Thomas W Jondahl letter to the editor about overseas children help 1955
The Editor, Ukiah News, Ukiah, Calif. Dear Sir: Thirteen months ago I was inducted into the United States army and six months thereafter was sent to the Republic of South Korea; While over here we have become ucqaintad with the plight of the children who have had to suffer the lavages of war. The men of our unit, the 32D Infantry Regiment, have taken It upon ourselves to help these youngsters as much as we possibly can. We have built and lent our support to two orphanages, and have built five schools. We feel that this aid to the children and the furtherance of their education will prove a bulwark against communism and will help to insure the future of this democracy in tiie orient. We ask no plaudits for our part in the job but we do ask for a helping hand from yon. We need desperately supplies to furnish these schools with the equipment to properly carry on their job. These children ask for nothing but the thanks is obvious in each smiling face. Such basic commodities as notebooks, pencils, paper, rulers, and erasers are very scarce. We are asking you. the friends and neighbors who chose us to serve our country, to help us to help the future of Korea. Anything and everything is needed and will be cheerfully welcomed. Open your hearts as the people of Ukiah have done so often in the past when a worthy cause has been presented. Any and all donations in the way of school supplies will be tremendously appreciated. Please help us to help these youngsters. Send your packages to PFC Thomas W. Jondahl US 56244450, Hq. and Hq. Co., (PIO) ?,2D Reg't, APO 7 c/o Postmaster, San Francisco, Calif. Yours truly, PFC Thomas W. Jondahl.