April. 15, 1923 ~ Sept. 28, 2014
Dabu-dong's hero, from the Nakdong River to Pyongyang
“Retreat. comeback, win”
- From Dabudong crisis as an opportunity, such as organizing a commando force and utilizing the weather
- Commander of the 1st Regiment of the ROK Army who broke through the North Korean
defense line and entered Pyongyang
The conflict between the two Koreas gradually intensified. Conflict eventually led to Korean war. A few months later, the country was embroiled in war. It was a tragedy between the same peoples in the homeland.' General Kim Jeom-gon recalled the Korean War in this way in an interview with a media outlet in August 2010. Also, on July 27, 1953, on the day the armistice was concluded, the gunshots stopped like a lie at 2:00 PM. He remembered that as he looked north over the hill, his heart was wrapped in an indescribable disappointment. General Kim is called 'the hero of the Battle of Dabudong'. In August 1950, General Kim, who was the commander of the 12th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division, had to defend the area unconditionally for a month when confronted with the North Korean Army that had pushed as far as Dabu-ri, Gasan-myeon, Chilgok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do. This is because the Nakdong River defense line was all the South Korean military had to protect. General Kim took advantage of his terrain and weather to win the battle of Dabudong. He formed a commando from the 12th Regiment and raised the flag of victory several times, including destroying North Korean tanks. This laid the foundation for the success of General MacArthur's Incheon Landing Operation. The Battle of Dabudong was later compared to the 'Battle of Verdin' fought by the Allied Forces to protect Paris, France during World War I. It was recorded as a fierce and strategically important battle.
On September 25, the 1st Division started a counterattack together with the UN forces. He checked everything meticulously in advance. After passing through Boeun-gun and Cheongju-gun in Chungcheongbuk-do Province and Anseong in Gyeonggi-do, it went up continuously to Gorangpo in Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do. On the 11th of the following month, they finally crossed the 38th parallel and started the operation to retake Pyongyang. He did not give the North Korean Army any leeway. His thorough plans gave the Korean Army a flag of victory. A week later, they occupied Daedong-ri, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, and entered Seonyo-ri, Dong-gu, Pyongyang, on the 19th at 11 A.M. through the North Korean Army's 3rd line of defense. It became the first unit of the Korean Army to enter Pyongyang. General Kim Jeom-gon is a freshman at the Military Academy. Born in the Middle East in Seoul, General Kim was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army at the age of 23. He was appointed commander of the 9th Division in 1952, at the end of the Korean War. He contributed to the development of the Army by subjugating the partisans, re-establishing the 2nd Corps, and launching the 1st Field Army. For these achievements, he received the Taegeuk Order of Martial Arts (1953) as well as the Eulji, Chungmu, and Hwarang Martial Arts Medals.
After being discharged from the military, he got the ranks of professor and vice president of Kyunghee University, and conducted research activities as an expert on the Korean War, including the director of the Institute for Security and International Studies and the director of the Pyongyang Research Institute. He dedicated his youth to the battlefield and died at the age of 91.