Navy Vet Reunites With Baby He Saved During Korean War

During the Korean War, Norm Van Sloun served as one of two hospital corpsmen on the USS Point Cruz, a massive aircraft carrier. But while he was caring for the 1,000 men on the ship, in 1953 some sailors who were walking in Seoul heard a cry and found a baby in a trash can. The infant was half-Korean, with blue eyes and blonde hair and had been left for dead after Korean orphanages refused to accept him.

Van Sloun says the ships medics became more like mothers to the baby, whom they named George Ascom Cruz, after the area he was found and the ship they were on. For three months these Navy men cared for Baby George, turning the sick bay into a nursery and having daily visiting hours on deck so the sailors could get their baby fix. News of Baby George spread and it really boosted morale for service members who were homesick.

Eventually, Baby George was adopted by a Navy surgeon in Spokane. His name became Dan Keenen and after 66 years, he finally had the chance to meet Van Sloun. When the men got to talk, Keenen thanked Van Sloun for everything the sailors did for him. “If it weren’t for you guys, I literally wouldn’t be here today because I wouldn’t have survived there,” he told him.

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