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.