Young-Oak Kim

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Young-Oak Kim was born in Los Angeles County, California back in 1919 to Soon and Nora.  He graduated from Belmont High School, before attending Los Angeles City College for a year.  He was drafted into the United States Army in 1941.  He was first assigned as an engineer before being selected for the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

After graduation, he was assigned to the U.S. 100th Infantry Battalion from Hawaii.  He was sent to Italy, where he was wounded and awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.  Being promoted to first lieutenant he participated in the Battle of Monte Cassion.  He and Private First Class Irving Akahoshi captured some German soldiers, their information led him to receive the U.S. Distinguished Service Cross and the Italian Bronze Medal of Military Valor in 1944.  He also served during the Korean War.  He served his country for 30 years, before retiring on disability.  He died in 2005, he was 86.

What you may not know about Kim is that he was the first Asian-American to command a battalion in combat.

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Comments (16)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - that is a distinguished career.  We are grateful for his service.

Feb 04, 2021 03:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What an accomplished man and deserving of much more public knowledge than he's gotten.

Feb 04, 2021 04:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Feb 04, 2021 04:15 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Interesting stuff and I definitely never pay much attention to military stuff, so I was not aware of this before today.

Feb 04, 2021 04:30 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

So many from that time period rose above and became leaders.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 04, 2021 04:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Belmont High School in Los Angeles has a long history in the city.  It's nice to read another story of a native Angeleno.  

Feb 04, 2021 05:00 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. To say I was clueless would be correct. What can I say? Enjoy your day.

Feb 04, 2021 05:18 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Young-Oak Kim was/is a fine example of "ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country" James Dray .

Feb 04, 2021 05:27 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning to you James Dray and thank you for another fascinating story

Feb 04, 2021 06:19 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing Young Oak Kim's story with us this morning James Dray 

Feb 04, 2021 07:04 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

What a great story of heroism and valor.  I really enjoyed this one. A

Feb 04, 2021 07:44 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I loved reading about Young Oak Kim!!!!  What a wonderful service he provided to his country. 

Feb 04, 2021 08:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

So much I did not know, but an enjoyable read about this hero and his distinguished career. Nice to see he was recognized for it.

Feb 04, 2021 10:04 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What a wonderful story James. He had quite the military career. We can all learn a lot from the sacrifices he made for the greater good.

Feb 04, 2021 01:55 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

there always has to be a first - the good news is when he is the first of many!  I was born at Fort Benning but I can't say that i know it well or at all

Feb 05, 2021 06:41 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James loved the history and there were many Asian Americans who  distinguished  themselves during WWII, Endre

Feb 06, 2021 10:17 PM

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