Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jang Ho Kim, Army, Private First Class -- Rest In Peace

Jang H. Kim, 20

Army, Private 1st Class
Based: Schweinfurt, Germany
1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: November 13, 2006 Baghdad, Iraq
Gender: Male
Hometown: Placentia
High School: Valencia High (Placentia)
Foreign Country of Birth: South Korea
Burial: Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside

When Army Pvt. Jang Ho Kim told his parents earlier this year that he would be going to Iraq, they had one hope: that he would not be deployed to Baghdad, where so many U.S. soldiers have been attacked and killed.

Eager to reassure his anxious parents, Kim would call home over the summer and tell them that they didn't need to worry -- he was not in Baghdad.

But he was.

Kim, 20, whose family lives in Placentia, was one of two soldiers killed Nov. 13 when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Baghdad.

His younger sister, remembering the brother who would tease her as a child, marveled at his transformation, underscored by the story he told to spare his family grief.

"My dad would ask him if he was in Baghdad and he would always say he wasn't," said Michelle Kim, 19, a student at UCLA. "When I found out he was in Baghdad, that just really showed the maturity that my brother had. Growing up with him, it took him a while to mature. I used to have so many fights with him -- it was his hobby to bother me and annoy me. But finding out that he was in Baghdad showed his maturity, and that's something I'm so proud of him for."
Read the entire LA Times article about Army Private First Class Jang Ho Kim here, read more here and be sure to find Army Pfc Kim here with more pictures here.

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