Korean, US navies repair home of Korean War veteran

Korean and U.S. naval engineers repair a house of a Korean War veteran in Yangyang County, Gangwon Province, Tuesday. Courtesy of Republic of Korea Navy's First Fleet

Korean and U.S. naval engineers repaired and renovated the house of a war veteran on Tuesday, as the allies’ joint exercise is set to end Friday.According to the ROK Navy’s First Fleet, the two allies have been engaged in humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA/DR) exercises in Yangyang County, Gangwon Province, since April 22.The regular exercise is aimed at improving the crisis-response capabilities and disaster relief operation of the Korean and U.S. navies’ engineering units and preparing for non-military threats such as natural disasters.

The HA team visited the house of a late war veteran and repaired and renovated his house, now owned by his 88-year-old widow. They reinforced the ceiling and installed new insulation and finishing materials. In addition, they installed new wallpaper and linoleum and changed lights.”It’s been eight years since my husband died, but I’m grateful for military personnel who came to my house and offered help. I’m proud of my husband,” said Yoon Choon-ae, widow of Lee Jin-hyuk, who served in the 1950–53 Korean War with the Army’s 30th Field Artillery Battalion of the Ninth Division.The DR team stabilized the slope near the Navy’s 108th Squadron unit and built a new drainage ditch system for a civilian road. Medical personnel of the First Fleet provided medical services, such as blood pressure and pulse measurement and dementia tests, for residents near 토토사이트 the unit.

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