Wolfhounds welcome Japanese orphans into their homes

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Four orphans, center, from Holy Family Home in Japan will spend the next few weeks living with Soldiers from the 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID. The Soldiers and their families are continuing a 58-year tradition of welcoming orphans from Holy Family Home.

Four orphans, center, from Holy Family Home in Japan will spend the next few weeks living with Soldiers from the 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID. The Soldiers and their families are continuing a 58-year tradition of welcoming orphans from Holy Family Home.

Story and photos by Sgt. Ian Ives
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

HONOLULU — Four orphans from Japan arrived here, July 21, to spend two weeks with the Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, for the 58th annual summer visit from The Holy Family Home.

Following World War II, The Holy Family Home in Osaka was established to house orphans. On Christmas Day in 1949, roughly a dozen Wolfhounds led by Master Sgt. Hugh O’Reilly dedicated their spare time and donated part of their pay to support the orphanage.

Family members and Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, continue a 58-year tradition by welcoming four orphans from the Holy Family Home in Japan to Hawaii, July 21 at the Honolulu International Airport. The orphans will spend the next few weeks living with Soldiers in their homes. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs/Released).

Family members and Soldiers a welcome four orphans from the Holy Family Home in Japan to Hawaii, July 21 at the Honolulu International Airport.

In 1957, a tradition was established between the 1-27th Inf. Regt. and the home when the first two children were invited to visit Soldiers stationed in Hawaii.

“We are honored to be a part of the regiment and to carry on this wonderful tradition,” said Lt. Col. Neal Mayo, commander, 1-27th Inf.

For the next few weeks, the children have an opportunity to enjoy Hawaiian culture and experience the military way of life. They’re planning to visit the Dole Plantation, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Waikiki Aquarium.

Another exciting event is the “Day as a Wolfhound.” Yuko O’Reilly, widow of Master Sgt. O’Reilly, will read to the children and tell the story of The Holy Family Home. There will also be a Stryker static display, an obstacle course and a Meal Ready-to-Eat for lunch.A1_2SBCT_Legacy_Orphans_004

Several families will house the children during their stay. Kirsten Jones and her husband, Sgt. Justin Jones, infantryman, 1-27th Inf., will host both visiting girls for one week.

“It is going to be interesting, because they don’t speak English, so we are going to have to figure that out, but we are really excited,” said Kirsten. “We are getting the two girls, so I will defiantly have to take them to do some girly stuff.”

“At the end of the of the day it is all about these children and honoring the legacy that Master Sgt. Hugh O’Reilly started that has lasted over 50 years,” said Mayo.

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