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This oral history is of Colonel Young Oak Kim, a highly decorated World War II veteran. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Bunker Hill area of Downtown. He and his family were one of the first Korean families in Los Angeles. During WWII, he fought with the 100th Infantry Battalion, a segregated unit of Japanese Americans from Hawaii. He was the only non-Japanese American. He later rejoined the army to fight in the Korean War. Kim was the Asian American to command a regular U.S. combat battalion. He was active with community work and helped establish Go For Broke and the Japanese American National Museum, and served as a board member for Visual Communications.
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Korean Americans World War, 1939-1945 Go for Broke National Veterans Association Foundation Japanese American veterans Discrimination Emigration and immigration United States. Army. Infantry Battalion, 100th United States. Army. Regimental Combat Team, 442nd
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