Names of two 'Blue Spaders' killed in Iraq are released
November 18, 2006
The Department of Defense has released the names of two 20-year-old Schweinfurt, Germany-based soldiers killed in Baghdad on Monday.
Privates 1st Class Daniel J. Allman II, of Canon, Ga., and Jang Ho Kim, of Placentia, Calif., died from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle during combat, according to a DOD release.
Both were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment “Blue Spaders.” Allman and Kim were the seventh and eighth members of Task Force Blue Spader to die during the present deployment. The unit left for Iraq in early August as part of the lead element from 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Allman, who has a 2-year-old daughter, Haleigh, was due to come home next week for Thanksgiving.
“Now she’s got to grow up without her daddy,” Allman’s mother, Amanda, was quoted in a story from a northern Georgia television station, WNEG Channel 32.
Although Allman was only 20, his family said he was a responsible man and father who had told his mother that if something happened to him he would go down fighting.
In addition to his mother and daughter, Allman is survived by his stepfather and younger brother Michael. “Just pray for us and be proud of our troops for what they’re doing because my son sacrificed his life not only for us but for everybody,” Amanda told WNEG.
Kim — active in Grace Korean Church in Fullerton, Calif., and a fan of computer programming and gaming — joined the Army last year looking for a challenge, pastor David Gyusik Song told the Orange County Register.
“My heart is empty, but I’m consoled because our son, Jang Ho, believed in God,” Kim’s mother, Sang Soon Kim, told the Register.
Kim’s family moved to the U.S. from Seoul, South Korea, in 1990 and also included his father, Seop Bae Kim, and sister Jang Mi Kim, all of Placentia.
A memorial service for Allman and Kim has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Ledward Barracks chapel in Schweinfurt.