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Operation "Pig Lift", 1952

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Courtesy of The Berkshire News, “Operation ‘Pig Lift’,” The Berkshire News, August 1952


This two-page article published in The Berkshire News, August 1952. The text tells about 200 pigs flown from Des Moines to Korea by Northwest Airlines through the Heifer Project Committee and Christian Rural Overseas Program. The hogs came from several Iowa farmers to help replenish the decimated hog population as a result of the Korean War.

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The Berkshire News. August 1952. Used with permission.