‘Wolfhounds’ continue tradition of passing helmets to help orphans

| May 20, 2011 | 2 Comments
Cpl. Joseph Bello (right), team leader, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, gives a donation to 1st Sgt. Ambrose Crump III, first sergeant, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, during a “Wolfhound” tradition of passing the hat for Japanese orphans. (Courtesy Photo)

Cpl. Joseph Bello (right), team leader, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, gives a donation to 1st Sgt. Ambrose Crump III, first sergeant, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, during a “Wolfhound” tradition of passing the hat for Japanese orphans. (Courtesy Photo)

Combined Joint Task Force 101
Public Affairs

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan — U.S. Soldiers took a moment during their strenuous battle rhythm at Forward Operating Base Bostick, here, recently, to honor a “Wolfhound” tradition.

They “passed the hat” to help orphans in Japan.

Soldiers in 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Task Force No Fear,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, took up donations to help children in need.

During post-World War II occupation of Japan, the unit earned the nickname, “The Gentle Wolfhounds‚” for its compassion toward Japanese orphans. “TF Bronco” supported the Holy Family Home Orphanage, according to unit history.

Sixty years ago, the Wolfhounds passed steel helmets around to collect donations to support the orphans in Osaka, Japan. Those Soldiers volunteered their pay from the scant shelter of foxholes — for destitute children — while their lives were on the line during some of the fiercest fighting of the Korean War.

Since then, Wolfhound Soldiers have maintained a relationship with the Holy Family Home Orphanage and continue to send donations and bring children to Oahu to spend time with Wolfhound Soldiers and their families.

As a token of remembrance, the 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, leadership recently passed around Kevlar helmets to collect donations for the orphans who still need that same support, today.

“When we passed those helmets around, it gave me a chill knowing that Wolfhounds in another combat zone, 60 years ago, did exactly the same thing,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Wilson, commander, 3rd BCT. “That simple gesture cemented our place in the long line of Wolfhounds who have established a unique reputation for ferocity in battle and compassion to those less fortunate.

“It also reinforced a valuable lesson to our Soldiers, in that, despite the rigors and dangers of combat, we must never lose our humanity,” he continued, “for that is what makes the U.S. military the best in the world.”

Much like the Wolfhounds of 1951, Soldiers with Company A, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf., 3rd BCT, located at Combat Outpost Pirtle King, here, passed helmets and collected donations while taking small arms fire. And, as if taking collection under fire wasn’t enough, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf., 3rd BCT, raised the most money for the charity.

“I wish I had more money to give,” said Staff Sgt. Roberto Ceballos, platoon sergeant, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf., 3rd BCT.

“It felt good that we’re going to be able to provide for those kids,” said Sgt. Brittany Freeman, supply sergeant, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf., 3rd BCT. “I couldn’t bear the thought of my niece having to do without proper food or shelter, so if I can help other children receive the care they need, then I am more than happy to do so.”

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  1. george Himelright says:

    Well i was a wolfhound back in 1948 to 1951 and will alway be a wolfhound in mind and heart, once you serived in the 27th Wolfhounds you will alway be one, i keep up with the news on them and see that the new wolfhounds is keeping our great history at the top, thanks keep up the good work Sgt George company d machine gun platoon like to hear form the wolfhonds that serviced in 1950-51 are before

  2. P. Petek says:

    I served with the "Wolfhounds" (Item Co.3rd Bat 4th Plt) Aug '51 to May '52
    I Remember well every pay day dropping a donation into some Sgts helmet !
    and Happy to do so ! We didn't make much money back then ,but we knew
    whatever we gave was going for a good cause !
    Most of us grew up in good Family situations,and this was the thing to do.
    It's upsetting that some Idiots call the American troops "BABY KILLERS "or go around the World apoligizing .We are still the Greatest Nation on Earth !!!
    A Wolfhound Proud to have Served

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