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Hyong Ung Hong

"Billy" Hong's picture shows a man who has found happiness and peace with his lifelong art of Tae Kwon Do.  The website of the Clemson University Tae Kwon Do Club, which Hong founded in 1967, says, "His positive influence is still felt by all who knew him."

Hong had been an instructor since 1961 when he taught for the Korean Army, following that with instructor positions at Korea's Central Intelligence Agency and military academy.  He came to the U. S. in 1967.  His student, William Huggins, said in a 1983 Washington Post article: "He wanted to come to America to start a new life."  Ten years after he immigrated, the World Tae Kwon Do Federation named him its instructor of the year. When the plane was shot down, Master Hong was in seat 25C.  He was traveling on a ticket that he had won in a golf tournament several months earlier.

He would be approximately 60 years old now.

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