Posted February 16, 2018 11:56:18In a bizarre twist to the story of a Korean-American man who had been lauded as a hero in the US, he has now died after a car crash in Texas.
Lee Sang-hyun, 34, was killed on Thursday morning in a fatal crash that police are investigating.
Lee was a Korean American who had joined the army in 1999 and served as an intelligence officer with the US Air Force.
His funeral was held in the Korean American Memorial Park in Fort Worth on Friday.
Kangol’s story has been covered extensively in the United States.
A Facebook post by his mother on the Korean Veterans Foundation website reads:Lee Sang Hyun was born in Seoul on April 16, 1969.
He graduated from Seoul University with a degree in international studies in 1993 and served in the North Korean army for two years before joining the US military.
He was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1998 and stationed in Seoul for two and a half years before returning to the US in 2000 to attend law school.
Lee joined the Korean Air Force in 2003 and was stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.
Lee graduated from the US Military Academy in 2007 and was assigned to a military unit in South Korea.
He returned to the United State in January 2017 and graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in June 2018.
Lee’s father, Kim Sang Hyon, told the Korean War Veterans Memorial in the U.S. that his son is now “one of us”.
He said Lee was always an advocate for US troops and for America’s allies.
He said his son’s life had been “wonderful”.
The Korean Veterans Memorial said in a statement: The Korean American Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of Lee Sang Hyons son, Lee Hyun.
Lee had been on a military deployment in South Korean waters in April 2017 when he was killed in a car accident.
The funeral was attended by dozens of people including Korean American veterans, former US military personnel and US military veterans.
The foundation said in its statement that Lee was an “unsung hero” and a “fighter for justice” in Korea.