Thursday, January 16, 2020

US: Wow, just wow

(Washington) Jonny Kim born 1985 in Los Angeles to South Korean parents. After graduating from Santa Monica High School in 2002, Kim enlisted in the Navy as a seaman and made the cut for the elite SEAL team. Earning his way onto San Diego-based SEAL Team Three, Kim served as a sniper, navigator and point man, among other roles, on over 100 combat missions in the Middle East, earning Silver and Bronze stars. In 2006 while in Iraq, two of Kim’s closest friends were shot on the same day. Kim was serving as a medic and treated one of the friends who had a facial wound. Neither friend survived. The deaths of his friends left him with a “feeling of helplessness” and led to his decision to become a doctor. After earning a mathematics degree from the University of San Diego in 2012, Kim went to Harvard Medical School earning a medical degree in 2016. One year into his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital Kim would learn he had been chosen as a NASA astronaut candidate out of a pool out of over 18,000 applicants.