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American volunteer soldier Paul Lee Kim dies in Ukraine

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  • Cpt. Paul Kim, an American military volunteer in Ukraine, died while liberating Mykolaiv from the Russian invasion.
  • Born in Houston, Kim was a foreign legionnaire who served for 12 years in the U.S. Army. He was also an infantry officer, an 82nd Airborne paratrooper, and a college ROTC instructor.
  • After the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24, Kim joined the International Legion of Territorial Defense in August.
  • Kim and his unit were fighting in a violent battle near Ternovi Pody, where he and another Ukrainian soldier were unable to escape the Russian attack.
  • Kim’s death was announced on Oct. 5, two days before his 35th birthday, by global affairs analyst Enifome Emesakoru.
  • The U.S. Army Veteran was laid to rest on Nov. 4 in Greenwood Chapel.

Cpt. Paul Lee Kim, an American military volunteer in Ukraine, died while liberating Mykolaiv from the Russian invasion.

Born in Houston, Kim was a foreign legionnaire who served for 12 years in the U.S. Army. He was also an infantry officer, an 82nd Airborne paratrooper and an ROTC instructor, Coffee or Die reports. 

‘We prayed for death’: 2 American veterans freed from Russian captivity in Ukraine describe torture

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  • American soldiers Andy Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, who were captured by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine have described the torture they endured in several interviews since their release in September.
  • The soldiers from Alabama spent 105 days in a Russian “black site,” where they said they had to endure daily torture.
  • The pair said they lived on dirty water and spoiled bread and were interrogated, beaten, deprived of sleep and forced to stand or sit on their knees while blindfolded for hours.
  • They were also forced to make propaganda videos and partake in interviews, wherein they were forced to praise Russia.

Two American soldiers who were captured by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine have described the torture they endured in several interviews since their release in September.

Andy Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, who volunteered in the Ukrainian army, entered  Ukraine in early April. They were taken as prisoners in June during a firefight in the village of Izbytske and held captive in the Donbas region.

NYPD cop of 18 years charged with hate crime over anti-Muslim attack

  • The New York Police Department fired Riggs Kwong, an 18-year veteran, on Sept. 6 for his alleged involvement in an anti-Muslim attack earlier this year.
  • Kwong, 50, is facing multiple charges — including hate crimes — for the Jan. 16 road rage incident, which allegedly saw him pummel, spit on and use anti-Muslim language toward 32-year-old Abdul Motalab.
  • As heard in his own cellphone recording, Kwong referred to Motalab as a “terrorist,” “Mr. Mohammed, “Al Qaeda” and “ISIS” during their altercation.
  • Kwong is also accused of making a false statement in which he claimed that Motalab had thrown the first punch.
  • Motalab, who suffered minor injuries, was charged with drunk driving after reportedly admitting to having three beers before driving.

An officer who spent the last 18 years with the New York Police Department has been fired from the force due to his alleged involvement in an anti-Muslim attack earlier this year.

Riggs Kwong, 50, is facing multiple charges — including hate crimes — for the Jan. 16 road rage incident, which allegedly saw him pummel, spit on and use anti-Muslim language toward a 32-year-old man.

Filipino veteran, 60, dies after being assaulted, robbed while bringing in groceries to his Baltimore home

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  • Victor Malabayabas, a 60-year-old Filipino veteran, died from his injuries following an unarmed robbery in Baltimore, Maryland, on Aug. 20.
  • Malabayabas moved to the U.S. from the Philippines in 1996, and he served in the U.S. Navy for more than a decade. He is also remembered as a well-known volunteer and fixture in local Catholic church activities in southeast Baltimore.
  • A GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $50,000 has been set up on behalf of Malabayabas’ family.
  • The investigation on the incident is ongoing. Police are still searching for the suspect.

A Filipino veteran died from his injuries resulting from an unarmed robbery in Baltimore, Maryland.

Victor Malabayabas, 60, was on the 600 block of S. Kenwood Avenue in Canton when an unidentified man asked him for a tissue at about 5:40 p.m. on Aug. 20, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

Nevada man arrested for 1982 cold case murder of 5-year-old Anne Pham in California

  • Robert John Lanoue, a 70-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada, was named as the suspect behind the cold case kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of 5-year-old girl Anne Sang Thi Pham of Seaside, California, in 1982.
  • The former army sergeant, who was stationed at Fort Ord at the time of the crime, was charged on Thursday while in jail for a probation violation for other sexual assault offenses committed in 1998.
  • Lanoue is now facing one count of first-degree murder, with special circumstance allegations that he murdered Pham while committing kidnapping and a lewd act on a child under the age of 14, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M Pacioni said.
  • Lanoue allegedly kidnapped Pham while she was walking to her kindergarten class at Highland Elementary School just before 11 a.m. on Jan. 12, 1982. Her remains were found two days later on the Fort Ord Army base, about a mile away from her school.
  • Initial investigations reported that Pham was sexually assaulted and strangled, but authorities could not find any leads pointing to the person responsible for the crime. Lanoue, who was 29 at the time, was never considered a suspect.
  • The Monterey County District Attorney's Office created the cold case task force in 2010 and reopened Pham’s cold case in 2020, where they worked alongside the Seaside Police Department.

The suspect behind the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of a 5-year-old girl in Seaside, California, has been identified and arrested four decades later.

Robert John Lanoue, a 70-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada, was charged on Thursday for the crimes against Anne Sang Thi Pham in 1982. He is facing one count of first-degree murder, with special circumstance allegations that he murdered Pham while committing kidnapping and a lewd act on a child under the age of 14, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni said.

Korean war veteran reunites with long-lost love 70 years after meeting in Japan

  • Duane Mann, 91, a Korean War veteran who spent 70 years searching for his lost Japanese love, Peggy Yamaguchi, finally reunited with her this week.
  • The two first met in 1953 when Mann was stationed in Japan. He occasionally fixed slot machines at an Air Force NCO Club where Yamaguchi worked as a “hat check girl.”
  • In a final attempt to reunite with Yamaguchi, Mann shared his story on Facebook on May 1 and gained media traction.
  • The two former lovers reunited after a 23-year-old woman tracked down Yamaguchi through an article released in 1956.

After 70 years of searching for a long-lost love he left in Japan, a 91-year-old Korean War veteran finally tracked her down and reunited in an emotional meeting earlier this week.

Korean War Navy veteran Duane Mann first met Peggy Yamaguchi in 1953 while he was stationed in Japan from 1953 to 1954. During his free time, Mann would work as a slot machine repairman at an Air Force NCO Club where Peggy worked as a “hat check girl.” In a final attempt to reunite with Yamaguchi, Mann recalled in a Facebook post spending “a lot of time dancing together” as they fell in love and began a relationship. 

Lone Chinese American Ranger who stormed Omaha on D-Day to receive second Congressional Gold Medal

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  • Former Private 1st Class Randall Ching, who was part of the famed 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion that stormed the Omaha Beach during the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944, is set to be awarded his second Congressional Gold Medal.
  • Known for his knife-fighting ability and marksmanship, the 97-year-old veteran served with the 5th Ranger Battalion from his deployment at Omaha Beach until the end of the war in Oct. 1945.
  • Ching was awarded his first Congressional Gold Medal in Dec. 2020 after Congress recognized the patriotism and service of the estimated 20,000 Chinese Americans who fought under the American flag during World War II.
  • Ching will receive his second medal via a new bill awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to the Army Rangers of World War II.
  • Ching is set to join a short list of individuals who have received two Congressional Gold Medals that include Gen. Winfield Scott, Gen. and President Zachary Taylor, polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth and Adm. Hyman G. Rickover.

Former Private 1st Class Randall Ching, of the famed 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion that landed on Omaha Beach during the Battle of Normandy, is set to be awarded his second Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest civilian awards in the United States.

Ching, 97, is believed to be the only person of Chinese descent among the nearly 7,000 rangers who fought in World War II.

‘I get to be a big brother’: Veteran, 70, adopted as a child from Japan discovers his 7 siblings in Ohio

  • Seventy-year-old Michael Bennett, who was adopted as a child, met seven of his siblings for the first time after undergoing a DNA test in 2019.
  • Bennett was born in Japan in 1951 to a Japanese woman and an American soldier who served in the country after World War II.
  • Bennett’s adoptive parents raised him with knowledge of his biological parents, and he understood why he had to be given up.
  • The Green Beret said the discovery “opened up a whole new world for me” and that he now “gets to be a big brother.”

A Japanese American veteran had the reunion of his life when he met seven of his siblings for the first time after undergoing a DNA test to find out more about himself.

Michael Bennett, 70, was born in Japan in 1951 to a Japanese mother, Yoshiko Nakajima, and an American father, Dick Webster, who served in the country after World War II.

Korean War vet, 91, has been on a 70-year search for Japanese woman he says was his first love

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  • 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.” 

U.S. Navy commissions $1.5 billion missile destroyer named after Hawaii senator, WWII veteran Daniel Inouye

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The U.S. Navy has commissioned an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer named after U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a long-serving senator of Hawaii and a World War II veteran.

What happened: The USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), built by General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works, was commissioned at a ceremony held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).