In the summer of 1962 I was working on the Imjin River, we had pulled a female body out of the river. Since no one would claim her she was left under a rice straw mat on the south bank of the river. About 10 pm I went over to the south shore to check on some pontoons that were tied to a concrete pillar.
As I approached the bank I noticed some movement near the rice mat. Thinking it must be an animal I quickly got off the boat to chase the animal away. As I approached the mat I saw a small child dressed in traditional Korean clothing stand up.
The child didn't say a thing. It just disappeared. It scared me so much that I hurried back across the river and told the other soldiers in my squad. They made a joke out of it. The next day we received notice that a child had washed ashore near Libby Bridge.
The people who saw the child estimated he had been in the river two or three days. I wondered if the child I saw the night before was somehow connected to the woman under the mat, perhaps he was her son and had drowned at the same time as her. Submitted by James