Kevin Allen

Retired Marine Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee stands in his uniform.

Documentary about Sacramento Korean War hero to be broadcast

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 - 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 - 11:40 pm

The Smithsonian Channel is rebroadcasting a documentary about Korean War hero Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, who grew up in Sacramento to be the first Asian-American officer in the Marine Corps.

“Uncommon Courage: Breakout at Chosin” recounts how Lee, who died Monday at 88, led 500 men through a nighttime blizzard and rebuffed an attack by enemy forces to save 8,000 Marines from capture at Chosin Reservoir in Korea. The 2010 film also describes how he helped change attitudes about Asian Americans.

The program is scheduled at 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday, and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday. Smithsonian Channel is on channel 118 on AT&T U-verse and channel 570 on DirecTV.


Call The Bee’s Robert D. Dávila, (916) 321-1077. Follow him on Twitter @Bob_Davila.

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