April 17, 1921 ~ July 2, 1951
Leading role in “Battle of Dongnak-ri” in the first victory
in the Korean War.
- Commanding battles despite head injuries.. Boosting the morale of the subordinate members.
- The first to put the National Flag 'Taegeukgi' on the northern border of the Korean Peninsula...
On September 16, 1950, our military was preparing for battle near Ingaksa Fortress, Goro-myeon, Gunwi-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do. The moment he took off his helmet and wiped his sweat, an enemy bullet hit the top of the head of Battalion Commander Kim Yong-bae and passed. Blood was dripping from his head. If he had been hit only a centimeter down, his head would have been split in two. He said, “It's okay, No problem at my bones”, and was given the medic plenty of medicine. Helmets did not fit into the bandaged head. He led the battle straight from the top of the mountain. Upon hearing this news, the subordinate members agreed, saying, “I will gladly sacrifice my life for the country following a good battalion commander”.
General Choi Gap-seok, then commander of the 16th battery under General Kim Yong-bae, commander of the 5th Regiment of the 7th Division, said, “Colonel Kim Yong-bae, he was a giant. Just looking at his massive body, his dignified and burning eyes were impressive. His majestic appearance was followed by a battle of bravery and martial arts.” General Kim Yong-bae is from Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province. General Kim is the main character who gave the first flag of victory to the South Korean Army, which was mercilessly pushed back by the North Korean Army after the outbreak of the Korean War. As the commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment, 6th Division, he defended the North Korean Army from July 5 to 10, 1950, when the defense line on the Han River collapsed and came down to North Chungcheong Province. It is called the Battle of Dongnak-ri, Eumseong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do. In this battle, 132 men, including logistic staff of the North Korean Army, were captured and various weapons, including anti-tank guns, were taken. It also gave the ROK military time to build and reorganize the deterrence lines that lead to Jincheon, Eumseong, and Chungju. At that time, the 7th Regiment, which was a key unit in the Battle of Dongnak-ri, was given a one-class promotion by the government along with the presidential Troop Cheering. At this time, General Kim was also promoted from Second Lieutenant. In October of that year, he crossed the 38th parallel and planted the Taegeukgi along the Yalu River. He had the honor of being the first to reach the northern border of the Korean Peninsula. In July 1951, as the commander of the 5th Regiment of the 7th Division, he was killed in battle with the Chinese Communist forces at the Battle of Topyeong-ri, Yanggu, Gangwon-do.
After graduating from Mungyeong Normal School, General Kim went to Japan to attend Yamaguchi Prefectural Agricultural School. After returning to Korea, he entered the 5th Class of the National Defense Guard Academy in 1948 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant after graduation. In September 1951, the government conferred the Taegeuk Military Service Medal and one-class special promotion. Every year at Yongbae Park in Mungyeong-eup, Mungyeong-si, a memorial ceremony for General Kim Yong-bae is held.