North Korean Leaders in the Korean War - Lieutenant General Kang Kon
Background and History Kang as born on June 23, 1918 in South Korea. After a time in Russia, Kang returned to North Korea to help establish the Korean People's Army (KPA) and became its chief of staff (September 1949), playing a key role in planning the North Korean invasion of South Korea (25 June 1950). While serving as KPA chief of the General Staff, he was killed in action by a land mine (8 September 1950). Lieutenant General Nam II succeeded him. The Kang Kon Military Officers Academy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is named for him.
By September 1, 1950,Kim Il Sung's final offensive, involving 133,000
ill-trained troops, to crush the Pusan perimeter, came to a grinding halt at the
Naktong River. For the first time, the UN forces matched the North Korean Army
in numbers and firepower. By now the entire infantry fighting manpower of
America was in Korea. Between both North and South Koreans, the toll was
proving to be debilitating. On August 4, 1950, a 500-pound bomb exploded on
the roof of an abandoned factory 20 miles from Pusan at the North Korean
People's Army Front Command Headquarters. The bomb broke General Kang Kon's arm
and nearly missed General. Kim Chaik, the front commander. It destroyed the
radio room and left only a single radio still operating.