‘Descendants of the Sun’ hero Seo Dae-young exists in real life

Ashley Song, April 11, 2016, 12:11 p.m.

Korean Special Warfare Command Master Sgt. Seo Dae-young, depicted in megahit drama “Descendants of the Sun,” exists in real life. “Thanks to the series, I became very famous in the brigade” said Seo, enjoying the limelight as actor Jin Goo plays a character of the same name in the drama.

Yonhap News Agency ran a Seo’s profile Sunday, saying in real life he is as committed as the drama character. Seo, 30, belongs to 1st Airborne Brigade of the Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command. The name, rank, the command assigned to are not the only similarities. Seo in real life was stationed in Iraq in 2006, just as the drama character was dispatched to the faraway nation Uruk. 

Seo in real life also fell in love with a soldier. The difference is, he tied the knot with the soldier -- Sgt. 1st Class Seo Ar-i -- unlike the drama character, who had no choice but to break up with First Lt. Yoon Myung-joo.

Seo has been recognized as a model soldier for the feats and acts of goodwill toward civilians, according to Yonhap.

“I am proud of my black beret, symbol of Special Forces soldiers,” Seo said. “I will dedicate myself to serve for my country.”

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