Soldiers help Japanese orphans, continuing regiment’s long tradition
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published: September 15, 2016
Dozens of Hawaii-based soldiers recently helped out at a children’s home in Osaka, Japan, seven decades after a member of their regiment started collecting donations for the orphans there.
The “Wolfhounds” of 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment are in Japan for Orient Shield, an annual drill between the Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.
On Saturday, 51 members of the unit did yard work at the Holy Family Home, which has had a relationship with the regiment since the 1940s when it was part of the occupying force in Japan.
“Today, we’re doing some area beautification,” Cpt. Joe Simmons, the lead planner for the visit, said during a Saturday phone interview. “We have soldiers pulling weeds, cleaning windows, sweeping the floors and whatever we can do to help out.”