Korean-American Named as U.S. War Hero

      June 20, 2011 09:18

      Korean-American Kim Young-oak was named among a list of the 16 leading American war heroes by portal msn.com recently, six years after the decorated war veteran passed away. Msn compiled the list to commemorate Memorial Day in the U.S., which traditionally falls on the last Monday of May.

      Kim (1919-2005) served during the Second World War and the Korean War and later became a respected philanthropist. Msn praised him for "proving himself time and time again" to become the "first Asian-American to command a combat battalion in the U.S. military."

      Col. Kim Young-oak (left), the first Asian-American to command a combat battalion in the U.S. military, is pictured during the 1950-53 Korean War in this photo displayed at an exhibition held at the LA Korea Cultural Center to mark the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in June of last year. /Newsis

      Other names on the list included George Washington, who commanded U.S. troops during the Revolutionary War, and Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, who commanded the Confederate and Union armies during the U.S. Civil War, respectively.

      Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, who played pivotal roles in securing the Allied victory in World War II, also featured, as did U.S. senators John McCain and John Kerry, who fought in the Vietnam War. Another popular name on the list was that of General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded multinational forces during the Gulf War.

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