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Man who lost family when jet hit house: Pray for pilot
CNN.com ^ | 2008-12-09 | (none)

Posted on 12/09/2008 7:32:38 PM PST by dayglored

SAN DIEGO - A Korean immigrant who lost his wife, two children and mother-in-law when a Marine Corps jet slammed into the family's house said Tuesday he did not blame the pilot, who ejected and survived.

"Please pray for him not to suffer from this accident," a distraught Dong Yun Yoon told reporters gathered near the site of Monday's crash of an F/A-18D jet in San Diego's University City community.

"He is one of our treasures for the country," Yoon said in accented English punctuated by long pauses while he tried to maintain his composure.

"I don't blame him. I don't have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could," said Yoon, flanked by members of San Diego's Korean community, relatives and members from the family's church.

Authorities said four people died when the jet crashed into the Yoon family's house...

Yoon named the victims as his infant daughter Rachel, who was born less than two months ago; his 15-month-old daughter Grace; his wife, Young Mi Yoon, 36; and her 60-year-old mother, Suk Im Kim, who he said had come to the United States from Korea recently to help take care of the children.

Fighting back tears, he said of his daughters: "I cannot believe that they are not here right now... I know there are many people who have experienced more terrible things," Yoon said. "But, please, tell me how to do it. I don't know what to do."

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KEYWORDS: crash; f18; pilot; prayer
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To: Libertarian444
>> ...on a collision course in a looming decision over whether to keep building the F-22 fighter jet.

> Surely, the timing of this piece today by the slime at the NYT is no coincidence...

Maybe not.

F-18... F-22... many readers won't notice...

51 posted on 12/09/2008 7:54:59 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Libertarian444

Figures...I wondered when the Obamanuts would start coming out and start ranting against the evil US Military pilots...


52 posted on 12/09/2008 7:55:30 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: dayglored

ALmighty Father, please comfort this man in his grief, and see to all his needs. Care also for all involved as only You can. I ask this in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.


53 posted on 12/09/2008 7:56:46 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: thesetruths
“A Korean immigrant...”

As much as I often rail on FreeRepublic about illegal immigration, I'm sure Mr. Yoon waited his turn and came here legally from Korea. And you know what? America will ALWAYS have room to take in the Mr. Yoon’s of the world...men who understand that being (or becoming an American), is a state of mind, and entails the love of certain principles...like liberty, freedom and personal responsibility.

May God bless him and comfort him through this grievous loss.

54 posted on 12/09/2008 7:57:42 PM PST by Towed_Jumper (Stephen Hopkins: Founding Father who had Cerebral Palsy.."My hand trembles, my heart does not.")
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To: CaribouCrossing
I am always humbled by such grace as Mr. Yoon has shown. His 15-month-old daughter, Grace, must have been named after Mr. Yoon.

beautiful

55 posted on 12/09/2008 7:58:29 PM PST by thesetruths
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To: dayglored

Praying for all concerned.


56 posted on 12/09/2008 7:58:30 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Redbob

*why he would bail out over an inhabited area?*

I live in San Diego, the engins went out.
He had no other choice.


57 posted on 12/09/2008 7:58:42 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin - Jindal 2012)
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To: Redbob
> Here, folks, is a textbook example of the sort of comment that would have benefited greatly from just a little bit of thinking before hitting that "Post" button...

Yeah, but I notice that (so far) it hasn't developed into a major distraction. I've made a few unthoughtful posts myself, and will let this one slide, if not followed up.

There are more important things to do right now, like send another prayer up. Got one on the way now...

58 posted on 12/09/2008 7:58:51 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

How very, very sad. I admire this dear man for his faith and strength. May the Lord bless him and help him to endure this tragic turn to his life. The pilot must really feel awful as well. Prayers for them both.


59 posted on 12/09/2008 7:59:57 PM PST by NellieMae (Here...... common sense,common sense,common sense,where'd ya go... common sense......)
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To: dayglored

It is people like Mr. Yoon who make this nation worth fighting for.


60 posted on 12/09/2008 7:59:59 PM PST by Marie2 (Everything the left does has the effect and intent of destroying the traditional family.)
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To: Redbob

Ditto that.


61 posted on 12/09/2008 8:00:20 PM PST by DB
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To: dayglored

This is forgiveness.


62 posted on 12/09/2008 8:00:21 PM PST by svcw (Great selection of Christmas gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: dayglored
Dear Heavenly Father, Please console precious person as only You can. Please comfort his hurting heart and soul. Please remind him mightily that his loved ones are with You. Please surround him with those who love him. Put your loving arms around him and help him at this tragic time. In Jesus Holy Name, Amen.
63 posted on 12/09/2008 8:00:48 PM PST by Bellflower (A Brand New Day Is Coming!)
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To: dayglored

very very sad


64 posted on 12/09/2008 8:01:20 PM PST by element92
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To: STARWISE

WOW. How forgiving and gracious this man is. He lost a lot of family and praises the pilot and not assigning blame. I wish I had the courage and integrity that this man posseses.


65 posted on 12/09/2008 8:01:33 PM PST by dreadnought321
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To: Towed_Jumper
> As much as I often rail on FreeRepublic about illegal immigration, I'm sure Mr. Yoon waited his turn and came here legally from Korea.

My feelings exactly -- I work with a number of Korean immigrants and they are all honorable, hard-working, and proud of their legality as Americans.

It's important, when our opponents accuse us of being anti-immigrant, that we clarify that we are against illegal immigration. My father's parents were Italian immigrants, and proud to become legal Americans. I am proud to be descended from them.

Mr. Yoon demonstrates exceptional grace and composure in a situation I would find horribly difficult. I have no doubt he stood his turn and did things right when he came here.

66 posted on 12/09/2008 8:04:36 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

How sad. My prayers for our Lord Jesus to give him the comfort and healing he is seeking and also for the pilot,who has to be hurting something awful inside. Lord, grant them your peace that surpasses all understanding. amen


67 posted on 12/09/2008 8:04:49 PM PST by upsdriver
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To: Towed_Jumper
As much as I often rail on FreeRepublic about illegal immigration, I'm sure Mr. Yoon waited his turn and came here legally from Korea.

According to the story, he came here in 1989 and is a naturalized citizen.

68 posted on 12/09/2008 8:06:37 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: dayglored

According to an article I read, his wife was working as a nurse at a local hospital.


69 posted on 12/09/2008 8:07:36 PM PST by thesetruths
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To: Redbob
And dare we ask the pilot why he would bail out over an inhabited area?

I would say 'Dare we ask where you left your tact?' But, I'll play night. According to initial reports both engines of the aircraft failed turning said aircraft into a rock. Are you capable of 'flying' a rock? The pilot is surely kicking himself enough without your help. Prayers for Mr. Yoon, AND the pilot.

70 posted on 12/09/2008 8:08:19 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: dayglored

May God give Mr. Yoon more faith and courage.


71 posted on 12/09/2008 8:08:19 PM PST by citizencon
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To: dayglored
My heart goes out to that poor man. He lost so much, everything that meant the most in his life, would be so hard to go on, wish I could answer his question. I feel for the pilot, too. May the deceased RIP, so tragic.

According to wiki, it happened in the University City section of San Diego aka the Golden Triangle bounded by State 52 (e/w), I5 (n/s), and I805 (n/s). The plane crashed just north of 52 near Cather Ave and Huggins St (west of I805)

I looked it up because a family member lives across from Balboa Park, and I don't know how far away that would be. If you look it up on mapquest, the only way I could get it to work was to enter my relative's address (don't want to give it) then slide the map and zoom in, look northeast from University City for those streets and to the west for I805 which bounds Miramar on one side.

72 posted on 12/09/2008 8:10:01 PM PST by Aliska
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To: Redbob

Both engines failed.

God bless this brave man, and also the pilot!


73 posted on 12/09/2008 8:10:21 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: dayglored
Would that 98% of the people in this country could have the humility, patriotism, graciousness and Christian attitude of this Korean gentleman. I served in Korea for two years and LOVE the people. Hardworking, intelligent, friendly and entrepreneurial. I pray that Our Lord will give comfort to this man and his extended family.
74 posted on 12/09/2008 8:10:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: Faith

Amen!


75 posted on 12/09/2008 8:10:51 PM PST by Dust in the Wind (Praying for Reign)
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To: dayglored

The Korean sounds like a fine example of a good Christian.

Prayers up now, for all concerned.
What a tragedy!


76 posted on 12/09/2008 8:11:51 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Marie2

I don’t get choked up easily, but the grace, dignity and compassion of this fine American in a time of unspeakable tragedy has touched my heart.

Mr Yoon makes every minute I spent in the Marine Corps worth it, in spades. God bless him in this dark hour.


77 posted on 12/09/2008 8:12:30 PM PST by M1911A1
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To: dayglored
As surely as that Pilot; Yoon, too; is a treasure of our Country; and surely a waking, walking example of what we call, and raise our voices to in song.

Yoon is a beautiful, living example, of Amazing Grace. . .

Too Yoon; I say Thank You; and Amen.

78 posted on 12/09/2008 8:12:44 PM PST by cricket (America's Freedom Rings! Thank You ~ U..S.A. Military~/)
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To: dayglored
F-18... F-22... many readers won't notice...

Exactly, most readers won't.

There is no urgent legislation pending or any specific, immediate newsworthy value to this issue at the moment.  This is most likely a background policy story that has probably been sitting on the shelf at the NY Times for months.

That they chose to pull it out in the wake of an unfortunate, tragic accident speaks volumes about their agenda.   Especially in light of the more thoughtful angle that CNN chose to pursue.

79 posted on 12/09/2008 8:12:47 PM PST by Libertarian444
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To: dayglored
As surely as that Pilot; Yoon, too; is a treasure of our Country; and surely a waking, walking example of what we call, and raise our voices to in song.

Yoon is a beautiful, living example, of Amazing Grace. . .

Too Yoon; I say Thank You; and Amen.

80 posted on 12/09/2008 8:12:48 PM PST by cricket (America's Freedom Rings! Thank You ~ U..S.A. Military~/)
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To: thesetruths
> According to an article I read, his wife was working as a nurse at a local hospital.

Wow... I hadn't read that.

I am just speechless with dismay at this tragedy. My eyes have been running for 40 minutes since I read this story, and it's not because I'm getting over a cold.

May God bless the whole family, and grant Mr. Yoon peace and comfort.

81 posted on 12/09/2008 8:12:51 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Redbob
And dare we ask the pilot why he would bail out over an inhabited area?

Yes, you may dare to ask but please tell me what you think he should have done ? Go down with his plane?

82 posted on 12/09/2008 8:14:01 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Shadowstrike

the line should have been “I’ll play nice” not ‘night’.

Never post angry.


83 posted on 12/09/2008 8:14:10 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: All
Mr and Mrs Yoon


84 posted on 12/09/2008 8:14:21 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: dayglored

Thank you for posting this; it is touching a lot of people, and really puts things into perspective.


85 posted on 12/09/2008 8:14:28 PM PST by thesetruths
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To: dayglored

By the way, I read that she was a nurse, but I also read that their children were sons, so the early reports were not totally accurate. Maybe someone else can verify.


86 posted on 12/09/2008 8:16:51 PM PST by thesetruths
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To: dayglored

May God bless this man and show him mercy the rest of his life.


87 posted on 12/09/2008 8:17:18 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: dayglored

God bless Dong Yun Yoon. With his horrible pain, he understands and forgives! There is a special place for him in heaven. He is now in my prayers.


88 posted on 12/09/2008 8:19:12 PM PST by Exit148 (Giants versus Jets? How 'bout a tie.)
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To: Aliska

I heard he followed it in as far as he could, attempted to save the plane, punched out at the last moment and was recovered in a tree. It didn’t sound like it was easy on the pilot either, though perhaps in God’s Plan the pilot is remaining alive for another purpose, while those who have been taken are now in a far better place and have been promoted.


89 posted on 12/09/2008 8:20:20 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: dayglored

Yes. Agree on all points.


90 posted on 12/09/2008 8:20:39 PM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck)
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To: repubmom

Oh my gosh, I also felt my heart breaking for him as I read his words. The pilot will also suffer the rest of his life.

I won’t be surprised to hear that both of these men reach out to one another in the days ahead.


91 posted on 12/09/2008 8:21:56 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: dayglored
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92 posted on 12/09/2008 8:23:36 PM PST by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
> Tears in my eyes reading his story. What a true and wonderful American he is or will be if he becomes a citizen.

He's been a naturalized citizen for many years, according to the story.

> And what a stark contrast to the America-hating moonbats who have elected Obama.

While granting your right to your opinion, I'll mention that my Mom, who voted for Obama, is an outstanding patriotic American, a devout Christian woman, and loves America dearly, as has all of her/my family going back many many generations, and including many who devoted their lives to service to America, in the military and government.

You may disagree with her political choice in this election, but I guarantee you that she loves America.

In any case, that's not the point of this post....

> God bless Mr. Dong.

Amen!

93 posted on 12/09/2008 8:25:22 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

In his loss he upheld others.

God blessings on him for comfort in this time of grief.


94 posted on 12/09/2008 8:28:33 PM PST by Edgewood Pilot
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To: dayglored

Prayers for Dong Yun Yoon, his family, and the pilot.


95 posted on 12/09/2008 8:29:06 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: dayglored

Words fail me. I will pray for this man, his family and the pilot. God bless them all.


96 posted on 12/09/2008 8:29:46 PM PST by mplsconservative
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To: dayglored
A Good Article Here with more details.
97 posted on 12/09/2008 8:30:38 PM PST by Loud Mime (Ann Coulter: Jaw wired shut / Liberals: Brain wired shut)
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To: dayglored

Oh this just has caused me to cry....what a beautiful attitude in the midst of a horrible trajedy.We need to shower this man with our prayers and cards....
A true man he is!!! God be with you sir!


98 posted on 12/09/2008 8:31:43 PM PST by pollywog (I will lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord...Ps 121)
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To: dayglored

Prayers have gone up for Dong Yun Yoon. May the Dear Lord comfort him in the loss of his family. Also Lord give peace of mind to the pilot whose plane malfunctioned and caused the death of this family.


99 posted on 12/09/2008 8:32:42 PM PST by Spunky ((You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences))
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To: dayglored

RIP to those who died. Prayers for the pilot and the father.

What a generous thing to do, surely God walks with him in his loss.


100 posted on 12/09/2008 8:33:32 PM PST by tioga
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