Japanese keiki visit Wolfhounds

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
1st Lt. Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division HALEIWA — Hyoma Unezaki (left) and Kenta Tokuzawa have their picture taken as they enjoy some shave ice from the famed Matsumoto's, here, April 1, during their weeklong trip to Oahu.

1st Lt. Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
HALEIWA — Hyoma Unezaki (left) and Kenta Tokuzawa have their picture taken as they enjoy some shave ice from the famed Matsumoto’s, here, April 1, during their weeklong trip to Oahu.

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Children from the Holy Family Home orphanage, Osaka, Japan, spent a week with Soldiers and family members of the 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, during a weeklong visit, here, that began March 30.

A highlight for the children was a beach day at Haleiwa Beach Park.

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“The beach day was awesome. The kids really seemed to enjoy it,” said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Courtney, Co. A.

Courtney hosted two of the girls for the week.

At the beach, the kids learned how to stand-up paddleboard, explored the shallow waters near the beach and took in the sun. After lunch, they went into the historic North Shore town for souvenir shopping and shaved ice.

“The shaved ice was very good, and the girls enjoyed their time in Haleiwa,” said Courtney.

As the day ended, the kids went their separate ways to enjoy some time to relax with their host families.

“Seeing my kids interact with the children was the best part of the experience,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Sanchez, Headquarters and Headquarters Co.

The relationship between the Wolfhounds and the Holy Family Home orphanage began shortly after World War II, when a group of Wolfhound Soldiers toured the orphanage during Christmas. The Soldiers were so appalled at the condition of the orphanage that they took matters into their own hands.

At the time, then Sgt. Hugh O’ Reilly collected money for the orphanage and, from that one act, sprang a legacy that remains to this day.

Wolfhounds annually visit the orphans in Japan, and in turn, several orphans are selected each year to visit the regiment, here, on its home ground.

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