Women War Heroes

Pyongyang, July 26 (KCNA) — More than half a century has passed since the ceasefire of the Fatherland Liberation War (June 1950 – July 1953).

The army and people of the DPRK emerged victorious in the war by displaying unparalleled self-sacrifice spirit and bravery under the wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung. Among the known and unknown heroes were many women heroes who distinguished themselves in the hard-fought war with ardent patriotism, indomitable fighting spirit and revolutionary optimism.

Typical of them was Hero of the DPRK Thae Son Hui. She was the first female aviator of the Korean People’s Army.

She, with her skilful low-altitude flight, surprised and bombed Taehwa Island several times in the teeth of the enemy’s anti-aircraft fire barrier to annihilate a large number of soldiers and destroy combat and technical equipment. And she successfully bombed fuel depots and military establishments of the U.S. army in Inchon.

In Juche 41 (1952), President Kim Il Sung granted an audience to her, highly praised for her battle gains and gave a pocket pistol to her as a gift.

Hero Kim Hak Sil, a truck driver of the KPA, also gave a good account of herself in the war by carrying a large quantity of bullets and shells to the front. She made a 20,596-km non-accident run in six months from October 1951 to transport over 87,600 tons of war supplies.

Army nurse Jo Sun Ok destroyed two enemy’s tanks at the cost of her life and Ri Sun Im and An Yong Ae, nurses of the KPA, saved severely wounded soldiers by transfusing their blood to them. They were all heroes.

Meanwhile, a number of women heroes were produced in the rear, too.

Ri Su Dok joined a guerrilla unit in the enemy’s rear to kill, wound and capture over a hundred enemy soldiers. And Jo Ok Hui, chairperson of the Pyoksong County women’s union committee in South Hwanghae Province, was true to the revolutionary principles to the last moment of her life. Sin Pho Hyang and Ri Chan Hwa devoted themselves to ensuring the wartime production defying enemy’s persistent air raids and manifold difficulties.

The praiseworthy services performed by the women heroes in the war will shine long in the annals of the country.

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