July 2, 1931 ~ June 11, 1996
When talking about the Vietnam War, missing Major Lee In-ho first become a disrespect for the spirit of the Marine Corps,
- Hug grenades and oxidize in the Vietnam War
- The spirit of sacrifice that saved the troops, “The soul of an undefeated saint"
How loved his country so much / (omitted) / Ah~ Ah! Did you commit a fierce death yourself? / Your body crumbles to powder / Your blood flows and becomes dew' This is a part of a poem by Hansol Lee Hyo-sang's 'In Memory of Marine Major Lee In-ho'. summer of 1966. The Republic of Korea shed hot tears at the name of 'Lee In-ho' who participated in the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam War, reached its climax in 1966. On August 11th of that year, gloomy atmosphere permeated a bamboo forest cave in Thuy Hoa, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam. This is because the Viet Cong, who was arrested the day before for Operation Sea Wind, confessed that his colleagues were hiding in this cave. At that time, Marine Captain Lee In-ho, dispatched as the commander of the 5th Company of the 3rd Battalion of the Blue Dragons, decided to take a look inside the cave. During the operation, the entrance to the cave was blown up once and a search team was formed to search it, but only Viet Cong grenades and ammunition were found there. There were many contradicted the statements of the Viet Cong prisoners of the war.
Captain Lee, who was a battalion staff member, not set behind. Rather, he led the four search team members into the cave at the forefront. He continued the search while checking the model of the cave that was bent shape route. Then suddenly a Viet Cong appeared, threw a grenade and ran away. "Get down!" The captain exclaimed urgently. He quickly picked up the grenade and threw it hard at the Viet Cong. However, another grenade was fired. It fell right next to his troops. "grenade!" It was just before the explosion. Captain Lee covered his grenade all over his body. 'pop'. He was 34 years old. His troops returned alive safely. He remained a hero in the hearts of the people.
Major Lee In-ho is from Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do. He attended Cheongdo Elementary School and Daegu Daeryun High School, and he entered the 11th Class of the Naval Academy. After graduating in 1953, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, served as a search company commander in the 1st Marine Division, and then participated in the Vietnam War in 1965. The major had young children, one son and one daughter. He was warm father at home, writing letters with a ballpoint pen to his family in Vietnam. After his death, the government conferred the one-class special promotion and the Taegeuk Military Service Medal. He was also awarded the Silver Star Medal of Merit from the United States.
A wave of public mourning and remembrance continued. At that time, a campaign to raise 1 million won was financed for the bereaved family of Major Lee, and a monument was erected at his alma mater, Daeryun High School. The Navy built a statue at the Naval Academy in 1967 to commemorate the spirit of sacrifice of Major Lee In-ho, who became a symbol of the spirit of a soldier through his righteous death that saved the lives of his subordinates and colleagues.