Retired Captain Monika Stoy standing beside photo of her father, Choi, Kyung Jin, who served with Army Unit 8240 Korean Partisans in the Korean War.
Retired Captain Monika and retired Lieutenant Colonel Tim Stoy have been early supporters of the National Museum of the United States Army, and recently doubled their contribution after watching the vision for this historic project become a reality. Captain Stoy’s mother, Hae, has also made a significant contribution to the Museum, both families donated in honor of their late husband/father, Kyungjin Choi, a Korean citizen who served with the 8240 Army Unit of the United Nations Partisan Forces Korea from 1950 to 1953.
Kyungjin Choi was born in Pyongyang Province while Korea was still occupied by Japan. After the Japanese occupation ended in 1945, and the country separated to prevent the Soviet Union from occupying the Korean Peninsula, Kyungjin was sent to a boarding school in Seoul for high school. When the UN Forces liberated Seoul, he joined the partisan forces being trained and equipped by the U.S. Army and undertook many missions into Pyongyang Province. He served in the 8240 Army Unit of the United Nations Partisan Forces Korea from 1950 to 1953.
Kyungjin, Hae, and their five children immigrated to the United States in 1973 and settled in Springfield, Va. Monika went on to serve as a Captain in the U.S. Army. While serving in the Army, Monika met her husband Tim, who served in the Army Intelligence from 1981 to 2012 retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
“This project owes a special debt of gratitude to the Choi and Stoy families, both for their Army service, and their contributions supporting the Museum, to help ensure that Americans are able to learn the stories of all Soldiers,” said The Army Historical Foundation, President retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz.
The Stoy family has been great volunteers of the Foundation spreading the word about the Museum and encouraging many veterans and family members to purchase commemorative bricks. Monika has also participated in the Foundation’s Soldier Experience Series, where she highlighted her father’s service in support of the U.S. Army.
This project owes a special debt of gratitude to the Choi and Stoy families, both for their Army service, and their contributions supporting the Museum, to help ensure that Americans are able to learn the stories of all Soldiers.
The Stoy and Choi family are part of the Museum’s Circles of Distinction program, which is comprised of individuals, foundations, and corporations that have donated more than $50,000 to the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. These donors will have their names showcased on the massive granite wall in our Lobby.
[EdNote: Reprinted with Permission from Call to Duty magazine. The article can be found online at: https://armyhistory.org/korean-soldiers-family-supports-the-museum-recognizes-fathers-service/. We thank Wade Ishimoto for submitting this article. Captions to the photos were added by JAVA. Photos were taken at Association of the United States Army (AUSA) on Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA in 1997. Retired Captain Monika and retired LTC Tim Stoy are responsible for Outpost International (OI), an element of the Society of the 3rd Infantry Division, 7th Army. OI's mission is to honor veterans of the 3rd Division and other appropriate units of the 7th Army and French units by placing plaques in communities liberated by them in France, Germany, and Austria during WWII, in locations in Korea where the Division fought, and in the Marne Region during WWI. OI also publishes history and conducts seminars on Division's combat experience during WWII and the Korean War. Monika is President of Outpost.]
L-R: Former JAVA VP and EC member LTC Mark Nakagawa (Ret), LTC Tim Stoy (Ret), and CPT Monika Stoy (Ret).