Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Iraq War, 2003-2011; Afghan War, 2001-
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service: VMFA(AW)-121 (Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)
  • Highest Rank: Captain

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"You are in a support role, as Marine Air, and your job is to make sure that you knock out your target so they don’t hurt your Marines on the ground." (Audio interview, 50:02)

The first time that Marine Corps Captain Jaden Kim rode in a military aircraft, she nearly fell out of it in her excitement. Her passion for aviation led her to train as a “backseater”—a weapons system officer who coordinated target locations. Deploying first in 2002, she took part in Operation Enduring Freedom, flying missions over Afghanistan for six months; she deployed again in 2003 to assist in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In her interview, she discusses her sense of profound obligation and dedication to the ground troops she was supporting.

Jaden J. Kim Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Jaden J. Kim Collection

Names

  • Wilson, Eleanor
  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc. (WIMSA)
  • Kim, Jaden J.
  • Reborchuk, Margaret

Home State

  • CA

Headings

  • -  Kim, Jaden J.
  • -  Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.
  • -  Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Notes

  • -  Veteran was born in Seoul, Korea.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Female

Race

  • Asian

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Afghan War, 2001-

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Unit of Service: VMFA(AW)-121 (Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)
    • Highest Rank: Captain
    • Dates of Service: 1997-?
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Prisoner of War: No
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 10/14/2003)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2003)
  • Computer File: CD [1 item] -- Multiple types of electronic files (collected 2004)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/37518

Cite as

  • Jaden J. Kim Collection (AFC/2001/001/37518), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • pdf

Additional Metadata Formats

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Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Wilson, Eleanor, Inc Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Jaden J Kim, and Margaret Reborchuk. Jaden J. Kim Collection. 1997. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.37518/.

APA citation style:

Wilson, E., Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, I., Kim, J. J. & Reborchuk, M. (1997) Jaden J. Kim Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.37518/.

MLA citation style:

Wilson, Eleanor, et al. Jaden J. Kim Collection. 1997. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.37518/>.