Yang Kyoungjong Biography
(World War II Soldier)
Birthday: March 3, 1920 (Pisces)
Born In: Korea
Yang Kyoungjong was a Korean soldier, well-known as the only soldier to fight for three sides during the Second World War - the Imperial Japanese Army, the Soviet Red Army, and the German Wehrmacht. At age 18 Yang was conscripted into an Imperial Japanese Army group, the Kwantung Army, during Japanese rule of Korea. The Battles of Khalkhyn Gol saw Yang being captured by the Soviet Red Army. Thousands of prisoners including Yang were pressed to fight for the Red Army due to Soviet manpower shortages in their combat against Nazi Germany. During the Third Battle of Kharkov, he was captured by Wehrmacht soldiers in eastern Ukraine. The Germans then included him in the Eastern Battalions during the war and sent him to Occupied France. He was captured there by the United States Army paratroopers following the D-Day landings and was sent to a British prison camp and later to an US camp. The US Army released him post war, however Yang did not return to Korea and choose to live in Illinois, US where he spent rest of his life.