U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has nominated U.S. Army Colonel Young Oak Kim for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A Los Angeles native of Korean descent, Col. Oak Kim served our nation in the 100th Infantry Battalion during World War II and was the first minority officer to command an Army combat battalion in American history.
“It is a privilege to nominate Colonel Young Oak Kim for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Colonel Oak Kim earned the respect and love of his men with bold battlefield leadership and an unflinching devotion to the cause of freedom,” said Chairman Royce. “His long record of service to our nation is representative of the contributions Korean Americans have made to make our country stronger, safer, and more secure.”
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is the highest civilian award of the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce