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Yang Kyoungjong was a Korean soldier who fought during World War II in the Imperial Japanese Army, Soviet Red Army, and later the Wehrmacht.  At the age of 18, Yang was in Manchuria during 1938 when he was conscripted into the Kwantung Army of the Imperial Japanese Army to fight against the Soviet Union, at a time when Korea was ruled by Japan. During the Battles of Khalkhin Gol, he was captured by the Soviet Red Army and sent to a labour camp. Due to the manpower shortages of the Red Army in its fight against Nazi Germany, in 1942 he was pressed into fighting in the Soviet Red Army along with thousands of other prisoners, and was sent to the eastern front.

In 1943, he was captured by Wehrmacht soldiers in Ukraine during the Battle of Kharkov, and was then recruited into fighting for Germany. Yang was sent to France to fight in a battalion of Soviet prisoners known as the Ost Batallion, serving in a battalion located on the Cotentin peninsula in Normandy, located close to Utah Beach. After the D-Day landings in northern France by the Allied forces, Yang was captured by paratroopers of the United States Army in June 1944, who initially believed him to be Japanese in German uniform, and was placed in a prisoner-of-war camp in the United Kingdom. After the war ended Kyoungjong emigrated to Illinois, where he lived until his death in 1992.

Contributed by Gabriel Shapiro

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    He was lucky. The majority of those who were forced to participate in Japan’s war did not survive.
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