Filling in the Blanks: The Story of a U.S. Soldier Searching for His Birth Parents

The following is reprinted on this blog with permission by AsiaTrend Magazine. It originally appeared in AsiaTrend Magazine’s July 2015 issue.

Filling in the Blanks: The Story of a U.S. Soldier Searching for His Birth Parents

By Jodi Katherine Kiely

Major Tim Walker won’t forget the day he made a one-star South Korean Navy Admiral and an Army Special Forces Colonel dissolve into tears. It was 2004 and Walker, then a U.S. Navy Lieutenant, was stationed in Seoul, Korea. As a Korean-American wearing a U.S. military uniform, he was a curiosity among the Korean officers he worked with. After he became friends with a Navy Admiral and an Army Colonel, Walker’s Korean counterparts grew curious about his American last name.

“Many of the Koreans I worked with knew adoptees existed but probably had never met one before me,” Walker said. “When I told these guys how I was born in Korea, abandoned shortly after birth and adopted by an American family, these full-grown men were in tears by the end of my story because they felt so bad about what had happened.” Continue reading “Filling in the Blanks: The Story of a U.S. Soldier Searching for His Birth Parents”