Jonny Kim

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Jonny Kim
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Jonathan Yong Kim

(1984-02-05) February 5, 1984 (age 35)
Alma materUniversity of San Diego (B.A.)
Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Previous occupation
U.S. Navy Special Warfare Operator (SEAL)
SelectionNASA Group 22
Jonny Kim
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
RankUS Navy O3 infobox.svg Lieutenant
UnitUnited States Navy Special Warfare insignia.png U.S. Navy SEALs
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsSilver Star Medal ribbon.svg Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal with Combat V

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V
Combat Action Ribbon.svg Combat Action Ribbon
Iraq Campaign Medal ribbon.svg Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal

Jonathan Yong Kim is an American physician, Navy SEAL, and NASA astronaut candidate of the class of 2017. He is a recipient of the Silver Star and a Bronze Star, and a graduate of the University of San Diego and Harvard Medical School.

Early life[edit]

Jonathan Kim was born on February 5, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. His parents emigrated from South Korea in the 1980s.[citation needed] In 2002, he graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California, and enlisted in the US Navy.[1][2]

Navy career[edit]

After completing basic training, Kim graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) class 247. After completing SEAL Qualification Training, he was assigned as a Special Warfare Operator to SEAL Team Three. He served as a combat medic and sniper on more than 100 missions on two deployments to the Middle East. He was part of Task Unit Bruiser (Delta and Charlie Platoons of SEAL Team 3), and served with Jocko Willink[3], Chris Kyle, Marc Alan Lee, Kevin Lacz, and Michael A. Monsoor.[citation needed] In 2009, Kim enrolled at the University of San Diego, where he joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) and graduated summa cum laude in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics. Kim joined the Navy Medical Corps, and earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School in 2016. Kim was a resident physician in emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital until his astronaut selection.[1]

NASA Career[edit]

In June 2017, Kim was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and began his two-year training in August.[1][4]

Personal life[edit]

Kim's interests include spending time with his family, volunteering with non-profit veteran organizations, and academic mentoring.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

U.S. military decorations
Silver Star
Bronze Star with Combat "V"
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V"
Combat Action Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal
U.S. Service (Campaign) Medals and Service and Training Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Badge
Navy Pistol Marksmanship Badge
U.S. badges, patches and tabs
United States Navy Special Warfare insignia.png Special Warfare insignia
United States Navy Parachutist Badge.png Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Army Parachutist Badge
USAF - Occupational Badge - High Altitude Low Opening.svg Military Freefall Parachutist Badge

Kim received the Special Operations Medical Association 2006 Naval Special Warfare Medic of the Year, and was a 2012 Tillman Scholar.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Garcia, Mark (September 21, 2018). "Astronaut Candidate Jonny Kim". NASA. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jonathan Yong "Jonny" Kim". Biographies of U.S. Astronauts. Spacefacts. September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Jocko Willink Tweet".
  4. ^ a b Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved September 13, 2018.