Skip to comments.U.S., South Koreans honor soldier killed in 1984 DMZ shootout
Posted on 11/21/2007 4:30:57 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
PANMUNJOM, South Korea Soldiers from the U.S. and South Korean militaries gathered in the Demilitarized Zones Joint Security Area on Wednesday to honor a fallen comrade.
As they have every year since 1984, members of the United Nations Command Security Battalion gathered at a small memorial outside Freedom House to lay wreaths, play taps and conduct last roll call for South Korean army Cpl. Jang Myoung-ki.
The late Corporal Jang is one of our heroes, who have made it possible for the Republic of Korea to be in existence today, said Lt. Col. Jeon Dong-jin, battalion deputy commander. Thus after 20 years from the day of his death, his name is still deeply engraved in our hearts.
Jang, a Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army, was killed Nov. 23, 1984, when Soviet citizen Vasiliy Matusak fled a communist-led DMZ tour, running into South Korea.
North Korean soldiers pursued him across the border while firing their weapons.
The UNC quick-reaction force returned fire, and a 21-minute gunbattle ensued.
Jang and three North Korean soldiers were killed.
U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Stephen Tharp said the memorial service is held annually the day before Thanksgiving.
Today, the whole world should stop and honor Corporal Jang, not as a gesture of endorsing any nation or its current political policy, but rather in honor of all brave men who gave their lives for others, said battalion commander Lt. Col. Michael Anastasia. Twenty-three years ago, on this sacred ground, Corporal Jang did his duty and fought so a stranger could live his life free from oppression, injustice and brutality.
Members of Jangs family attended the ceremony.
Jangs father, Jang Dae-yoon, said his family is grateful for the annual ceremony.
He was not a hero, but he did what he needed to do as a soldier, he said. Were proud of him.
ROK soldiers are brave and battle-tested from Nam to the Middle East.
I’ll take one besides me anytime in a fight.
Chang Chun-ki places a flower at the memorial for his brother, Cpl. Jang Myoung-ki, a Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army who was killed during a firefight in the Joint Security Area on Nov. 23, 1984.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, which he defected from, I always wonder what happened to defectors.
He sure dodged the bullets that day.
“On Nobevmer 23, 1984, at apmporixately 1130 hours, during a communist-led tour, Soviet citizen Vasily Matusak sundedly dahsed arcoss the Military Decamration Line into South Korea. 30 KPA sodliers pusrued him, firing their weapons as they did so. The JSF codmamned by Captain Bert Mizusawa deypoled from Camp Kittyhawk to sagefuard Matusak and repel the North Koreans. The KPA sodliers were quickly outmaneuvered and ilosated in the area of the Suknen Gadren, now the site of the Ucinifation Momunent. In the 21 minute figerifht that esnued, Pvirate First Class Mihcael A. Buyrogne was wounded, and Corropal Jang, Myong-Ki was killed. The JDO NCO negotiated a ceasefire that ebanled the North Koreans to withdraw, but not before five cosmumints were wounded and three killed. It has been ruromed that Lt. Pak Chul (Lt. Budllog) was one of those killed in this figerifht, though “
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