Unsung Hero: The Story of Colonel Young Oak Kim
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The story of Col. Young Oak Kim reveals the hidden truth about the role of Asian Americans in World War II and the Korean War. Kim, a Korean American, led the famous 100th Infantry Battalion in World War II. He was instrumental not only on the frontlines of war, but also as a humanitarian. Kim spent the rest of his retired years helping others.
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May 24, 2012I am the parent of two wonderful Korean Children. It is hard to find someone they can look up to with their ancestry from America. Young Oak Kim is such a person and his life story is beyond amazing. I would say it is a must read for anyone that is into WWII history, Korean war history or anyone looking for a Korean American hero to look up to or emulate. Young oak was key is liberating Rome and Pisa from German control during WWII and his accomplishments in Korea are just as amazing. May God have blessed you Kim Young Oak for everything you did for the good old US of A and the orphans in Korea as well as the community service programs you started after the wars.
Feb 7, 2012The Story of Colonel Young Oak Kim A Summary by: Jorge Santiago A student from Young Oak Kim Academy Young’s family is in U.S.A, immigrants from Korea his mother was from Seoul and his father was from Incheon. Young was born into a family of in total six, he had an older sister, but he was the eldest son. During the time when Young was in school he suffered from being bullied by white students. One day he received a draft letter from the Army. When he got there he was assigned to mechanics school and he began fixing buses, trucks, jeeps, and other equipment even though he didn’t want to. Then he was transferred to Fort Benning to become an officer. He was later sent to the 100th Battalion, which was an undisciplined battalion. After World War II and the Korean War he devoted himself to the Asian community. He founded the Korean Health and Information Center (KHEIR), he secured funding for Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) in L.A, and he played a key role in founding Korean... More > American Museum (KAM), he also played a key role in developing Korean American Coalition (KAC). Young did all this and more to the Korean Community. I would recommend this book to many young readers because the story itself is interesting and the character is very nice and didn’t brag about his accomplishments. I like this book because it describes Young Oak as a person not only as a soldier. This book has taught me great things about Young; some of the things I know now didn’t even make sense until I read this book. Our school is also named after Young, want to visit our website go to:http://www.lausd.net/Young_Oak_Kim_Academy/YOKA/Home.html< Less
Feb 3, 2012Unsung Hero: The Story of Colonel Young Oak Kim (YOK) shares the journey of a wise Korean American man who made a significant impact on matters across vast oceans, cultural borders, and intellectual planes. In YOK’s biography, one reads countless stories about this diligent, selfless, and brilliant hero both on the battlefield and in his community. Twenty-seven chapters are divided into two parts: World War II and The Korean War. A series of moving photographs of YOK separates these sections, and each chapter unveils YOK’s thoughtful and inspirational interactions with fellow soldiers as both an Operations Officer and Intelligence Officer. The chapters also illustrate numerous warfare experiences that demonstrate YOK’s determination to defend his country. At each battle, the reader discovers more about YOK’s unparalleled skills as a map-reader, marksman, engineer, and motivational speaker. In addition, his unique personality is revealed through many distinct acts; for example, YOK... More > chose not to wear a helmet, he would never sleep in a foxhole for safety, and he would often skip meals and give away his food rations. Along with these idiosyncrasies, he was known for being an exceptional combat strategist and leader of men from all nationalities. This biography details how his shrewdness, strong will, and admirable ethics led him to assume many leadership roles in which he increased battalion efficiency. YOK made every decision with altruism, ethics, loyalty, and a desire to limit casualties of war. This book’s strong universal theme of courageousness echoes the journey of Henry Fleming in the classic novel The Red Badge of Courage as he learns to become a brave man, except YOK proves himself to be a true hero from his first to last days on earth. When not giving 100% on the battlefield, YOK gave all of his attention and energy to his community in the form of entrepreneurship and active service to people of all ages, cultures, and genders. Whether YOK is starting a coin laundry business or leading men through a minefield, YOK is always an excellent decision-maker. He accomplished great feats because he planned well and, more importantly, he overrode rules and conventions when he knew the results would benefit his comrades. His calculated moves were often effective, leading him to earn several awards and honors in two wars that spanned several countries, some of which were a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and a Distinguished Service Cross. Neither bullets nor racism could keep this unsung hero from singing victory in the final chapters of Unsung Hero. After surviving serious wounds from friendly fire, YOK retired from the army after 30 years of service and fought another battle: the challenge of founding and supporting various foundations, centers, and museums in Los Angeles. Due to his incredible service to the Koreatown community and beyond, Young Oak Kim Academy middle school was named in YOK’s honor in 2009. This school, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is proud to keep YOK’s legacy alive by preparing students to engage in meaningful projects, by teaching students about global issues, by providing a rich STEM-focused education, and by incorporating this book Unsung Hero into its curriculum. ~By Marina Duff, Teacher Librarian, L.A.U.S.D.< Less
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- Woo Sung Han (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at UC Riverside
- June 21, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.53 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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