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Pukhan River Gets Clothes Whiter

Most GIs in Korea send their wash to "momma-san," the nearest laundress. She boils the clothes in a tin tub by the river bank, beats them on a rock with a stick, rinses, beats again, and rinses once more. Since Korean soap is usually made with a generous portion of fish oil, the soldier's shirt maybe returned with an interesting aroma. Its buttons are likelyto have taken quite a beating. But GIs agree that any laundryis better than one's own.

Here momma-san's boys get a bath in the Pukhan River

National Geographic Magazine

May 1953 issue

Mar. 5, 1998 Ken Thomas






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