Photo Credit: Honolulu AdvertiserAn Unsung Hero

by Luis M Chen, November 11, 2004


Nobody noticed a 23-year-old Jeungjin "Nikky" Kim went working at MC Dept late 2002. He was the youngest and brightest member in the Korean Team. When we took the in-language campaigns from AT&T CA-UNEP, I asked him to help the team to produce a call guide in Korean. Since he was fluent with Korean written language, he fulfilled my request. Based on his work plus other additions, the Korean team was able to show many striking sale volumes in the UNEP Local Service campaigns.

Nikky at our Thanksgiving party 2002

Nikky enjoyed at the MC Room Thanksgiving Potluck in 2002

Few months past, he left AT&T to pursue his career in the military. Then, I totally lost contact with this intellectual guy.

I didn't get a chance to know him until recently.

On October 6th, very sad news came from the evening news. It's about Nikky. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw his picture on the news. He was killed when his patrol car attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq. Nikky left behind his wife Ayoung Kim in Honolulu and a 5-week-old son Apollo that he never met.

I would like to dedicate this unsung hero that I met from AT&T Hawaii on this Veteran's Day. Please give a moment of silence to Nikky Kim in this closing.



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Links to News Elsewhere:

Army Pvt. first to become a citizen after death - Star Bulletin December 18, 2004

Family mourns GI killed in Iraq - Star Bulletin October 21, 2004

Hawai'i, Korea remember brave son - The Honolulu Advertiser October 21, 2004

Soldier told wife little of real danger - The Honolulu Advertiser October 13, 2004

Widow Says Hawaii Soldier Died Protecting - KITV 4 News October 15, 2004

Hawaii Soldier Killed In Iraq - KITV 4 News October 11, 2004



In Memoriam, Jeungjin "Nikky" Kim 1981-2004