Schofield’s Wolfhound Families Host Orphans

Wednesday - August 05, 2009
By MidWeek Staff
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Four orphans from Holy Family Home Orphanage in Osaka, Japan, are enjoying some fun times this week, staying with host families from Schofield’s 27th Infantry Regiment Wolfhounds.

Among other activities, they’ve had a picnic and a storytelling session with Yoko O’ Reilly, widow of the late Sgt. Hugh O’ Reilly who first visited the Japanese orphanage in 1949 for a Christmas party.


When O’Reilly saw the conditions there, he asked his friends to donate money to help them, and he came up with $143. By 1957 he started bringing the orphans to Hawaii every year.

Though he passed away in 2006, the Wolfhound tradition continues with the troops visiting the orphanage in December, and the orphans visiting Hawaii in the summer.

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