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Cadet reflects on the 2nd ID Museum in Uijeongbu

SECOND TO NONE

By Cadet Eunjin Lee

Cadet Eunjin Lee from University of Southern California, looking at military coins awarded to Governor Dong Suk Kim.

Cadet Eunjin Lee, from University of Southern California, looking at military coins awarded to Governor Dong Suk Kim.

“Second to None!” The motto of the 2nd Infantry Division is one that I will never forget. As a 2nd ID veteran greeted us in front of the museum and began introducing the history of the 2ID, his passion and love for the patch he proudly wore on his shoulder was evident. One of the most decorated divisions, full of history and culture — born of a blood-rooted alliance between the United States and Korea– definitely deserved to have its very own museum to commemorate all those who gave, some and some that gave all. Organized neatly from WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, the museum displayed the history of the SID with informational panels, pictures, statues, and precious memorabilia. In memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, there were coins, medals, and awards.

Our ROTC CULP team even had the greatest honor to hold in our very hands, the Medal of Honor. Of the greatest awards that anyone can receive, there are very few given out. Just holding it in my hand, I felt how powerful it was, to truly serve selflessly, to defend our great country with courage and valor–it was moving.

Cadets observing the Medal of Honor, awarded to Sergeant First Class William S. Sitman.

Cadets observing the Medal of Honor, awarded to Sergeant First Class William S. Sitman.

It is an amazing opportunity and honor to be attached to the 2ID during most of our stay here in Uijeongbu, Korea, and it was a wonderful experience to first-hand see a snapshot of all that the 2ID has accomplished!

                        

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