- President Joe Biden was given the honorary Korean name of “Bae Ji-sung” on Monday during a weeklong event marking the 69th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
- The Republic of Korea (ROK)-U.S. Alliance Friendship Association explained that the surname “Bae” originates from Pyeongtaek, a city located approximately 37 miles south of Seoul and home to a majority of the 28,500 U.S. forces in Korea.
- Meanwhile, the first name “Ji-sung” means territory and star, respectively.
- The name was presented to Kurt Campbell, deputy assistant to the president and National Security Council coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, who accepted the honor on behalf of Biden.
- Former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump were given the names of “Oh Han-ma” and “Woo Dae-il,” respectively.
President Joe Biden was given the honorary Korean name of “Bae Ji-sung” on Monday during a weeklong event marking the 69th anniversary of the end of the Korean War (1950-1953), in which the U.S. aided South Korea and its troops against the North.
The Republic of Korea (ROK)-U.S. Alliance Friendship Association stated, “We, the ROK-U.S. Alliance Friendship Association, are honored to announce and grant U.S. President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. a Korean name. His name will be Bae Ji-sung.”
- Korean War Navy veteran Duane Mann, 91, is hoping to find his long-lost love who he left in Japan in 1954.
- Mann first met Peggy Yamaguchi in 1953 when he frequented an Air Force NCO Club where Yamaguchi worked as the hat check attendant.
- The two began a relationship and were planning to get married; however, Mann was ordered back to the U.S. after being discharged two months early.
- Mann had planned to use his savings to bring Yamaguchi to the U.S. but discovered that his father had spent it all.
- The two exchanged letters each week until Mann suddenly stopped receiving any and later found out that his mother had been burning the letters because she did not want him to marry a Japanese woman.
- Mann, who took to Facebook to share his story, expressed that losing Yamaguchi was his “one regret” and now hopes to find her again.
A 91-year-old Korean War Navy veteran is hoping to find his first love, who he met during his time as a second class petty officer in Japan in 1953.
Duane Mann, 91, wrote a Facebook post on May 1 hoping to find someone who recognizes the woman in a photo he took in 1953, whose name he says is Peggy Yamaguchi. In the post, Mann explains that while he was stationed in Japan from 1953 to 1954 at age 23, he met Yamaguchi at an Air Force NCO Club, where he worked as a slot machine repairman in his spare time and Yamaguchi worked as the “hat check girl.”
South Korea and the United States have “effectively reached an agreement” on a draft declaring the end of the Korean War.
Time to talk diplomacy: In a press statement, South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong noted that the two nations are now “considering various ways on how to advance discussions with North Korea,” reported Yonhap News.
The U.S. took Japanese children as young as 9 to the Korean War that broke out in 1950, according to top-secret documents from the National Archives and Records Administration.
Researchers from the Mainichi Shimbun obtained the files from the United States National Archives and Records Administration in January after learning that Japanese people traveled to the Korean Peninsula during the conflict.
Nearly four years after passing at his home in Washington, Kurt Chew-Een Lee and his valor in the Korean War lives on in grateful memory.
Lee, a Chinese-American Marine, is remembered by many for single-handedly driving Chinese attackers away during the Battle of Inchon in 1950.
“Most of my life was filled with sorrow. I grew up in poverty, starvation, the time of war, and was uneducated. If I don’t have to, I try not to think about the past.”
Wi Yol “Lilly” Pierce’s heartbreaking words about her story, filled with challenges, hardships, and woe, have made their way to the hands of readers hungry for a raw, sincere account of what life was like in a war-torn Korea. Titled “Waiting For a Miracle”, Pierce’s book details her path towards the American dream, recounting each anguished struggle along the way.