Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Young-Oak Kim.
Kim was born in 1919 in Los Angeles as the son of Korean immigrants. The Army initially declined his voluntary enlistment, but later drafted him in January 1941. After 18 months of enlisted service, he completed Officer Candidate School and was assigned to the 100th Battalion of the 442nd Brigade Combat Team comprised of Japanese-Americans. Despite receiving an offer to transfer due to potential animosity between Korean Americans and Japanese Americans, Kim stayed saying,”…there are no Japanese or Koreans here. We’re all Americans and we’re all fighting for the same cause.” He served as a platoon leader and an operations officer in Italy and France with multiple acts of distinction before his first honorable discharge as a Captain.
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