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Army PFC Jang Ho Kim

Dec 21, 2022 | Press Releases

Washington, DC – This week, the Senate unanimously passed a bill led by U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-39) to name a Placentia, CA post office after U.S. Army Private First Class Jang Ho Kim, a Valencia High School graduate who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. 

The bill passed the House on December 14, 2022 and now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law. 

“U.S. Army PFC Jang Ho Kim gave everything to preserve our nation’s values we hold dear,” said Rep. Kim. “While we cannot fully repay our fallen heroes, I am glad we can preserve his story in Placentia for years to come through the PFC Jang Ho Kim Post Office Building. I thank the Senate for their support on this and urge the president to sign this into law. I will always fight for our Gold Star families.”  

H.R. 6630 would designate the post office located at 1400 N Kraemer Blvd. Placentia, CA 92871 after PFC Jang Ho Kim. He was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1990, living in New York before moving to Orange County. Kim graduated from Valencia High School in Placentia and enrolled in Fullerton College. A budding computer programmer, Kim helped Grace Korean Church in Fullerton set up their website. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2005, completing both Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, GA. He was subsequently stationed in Germany as part of the Army’s 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division before being deployed to Baghdad. He never shared news of his deployment to Baghdad with his family to keep them from worrying. Tragically, he was one of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle. He received the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, in addition to four other awards, medals and badges for his exemplary service and sacrifice. PFC Jang Ho Kim is buried at the Riverside National Cemetery.  

H.R. 6630 is cosponsored by the entire California congressional delegation. 

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