Freedom is not free.
April 19, 2020 is the 11th anniversary of my grandfather’s death.
He was laid to rest at Daejeon National Cemetery.
My grandfather, Captain Sung Gon Kim is a Korean War Veteran, and has served in the ROK Army during the Korean war as an infantry officer.
CPT Kim took part in the war for 2 years and 6 months, especially from January 1, 1951 to July 1, 1953.
When the war broke on June 25th, 1950, new recruits received initial entry training at Moseulpo in Jeju Island (1st training center, later, 2nd training center opened up in Nonsan).
My grandfather was assigned to the 1st training center to train soldiers. Most of the graduates were placed at the front line at that time.
Later, he fought bravely at 351 front line battle near Wolbi Mountain which is remembered as one of the most intense battles during the Korean War. He was wounded from that battle and honorably discharged.
He truly sacrificed himself to protect and defend our people and nation.
Thank you for your service and we will remember you.