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Republic of Korea Air Force Chief of Staff donates items to National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Lee Kae Hoon (center), Republic of Korea Air Force Chief of Staff, explains the significance of items he has donated to Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Charles D. Metcalf, director of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, during a visit on April 19, 2010. The items will be used in the museum's Korean War exhibit, which is being completely redesigned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Libecap)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Lee Kae Hoon (center), Republic of Korea Air Force Chief of Staff, explains the significance of items he has donated to Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Charles D. Metcalf, director of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, during a visit on April 19, 2010. The items will be used in the museum's Korean War exhibit, which is being completely redesigned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Libecap)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Lee Kae Hoon, Republic of Korea Air Force Chief of Staff, donated three items to the National Museum of the United States Air Force during a visit on April 19. The items will be used in the museum's Korean War exhibit, which is being completely redesigned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War.

The items included an Ulchi Medal, the Republic of Korea's second highest military award. This decoration was posthumously awarded to Capt. Lim Taek Soon, who was one of the Korean Air Force's first heroes. Also among the items was combat pilot Lee Baesun's operations log, which he wrote throughout 48 missions in 1952.

"We are honored to recognize in these exhibits our wartime allies such as the Korean Air Force," said Terry Aitken, the museum's senior curator.

Further information about the Korean War exhibit will be available on the museum's Web site when it opens this summer. For information about Korean War commemoration activities, visit http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/korea.asp.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.

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