30 Jun '17, 12pm

Air Force chaplain led campaign to save nearly 1,000 orphans during Korean War

Air Force chaplain led campaign to save nearly 1,000 orphans during Korean War

SEOUL, South Korea — Bookended by World War II and Vietnam, the Korean War is often called the Forgotten War. But a group of survivors, advocates and researchers is determined to keep alive the memory of an Air Force chaplain who led a campaign to save nearly 1,000 orphans as Chinese and North Korean forces closed in on Seoul in 1950. It’s especially important to honor the late Col. Russell Blaisdell, they say, because he went for decades without recognition for the airlift widely known as Operation Kiddy Car. “He did not consider himself a hero,” his son and namesake said at a commemoration and symposium in June aimed at setting the record straight. The gathering, which was held in a hall of the National Assembly members’ office building in Seoul, was timed to coincide with a month of remembrances surrounding the June 25, 1950, start of the Korean War. Operation Kiddy Car...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/operation-kiddy-car-...

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