Inspiring Jonny Kim’s Story: Navy Seal, Harvard Doctor, Astronaut

April 18, 2024
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Who is Jonny Kim?

Jonathan Yong ‘Jonny’ Kim was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 5 February 1984 – his zodiac sign is Aquarius, and he holds American nationality. He’s gained recognition for all the things which he’s managed to achieve to this day, including becoming a NASA astronaut, physician, and serving as a Lieutenant Commander and a SEAL – Sea, Air And Land team – in the US Navy.

Early life and education

Jonny was raised in Los Angeles alongside his younger brother, by their parents who emigrated to the US from South Korea sometime in the first half of the ‘80s; their mother worked at an elementary school as a substitute teacher, while their father opened a liquor store not long after he’d arrived in the US.

Jonny didn’t have a great childhood because his father was violent – it’s believed that he was an alcoholic; in February 2002, Jonny’s father threatened to kill his wife and two sons, and was shot by the police in his attic.

Jonny was rather shy while growing up, and spent most of his time studying rather than hanging out with his peers. He was amongst the best students at Santa Monica High School, and received several Advanced Placements; Jonny competed in both water polo and swimming with his school teams – he matriculated in 2002.

Jonny enrolled at University of San Diego in 2008, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2012.


He continued his education at Harvard Medical School, becoming a Doctor of Medicine in 2016; Jonny finished his medical internship at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital (emergency medicine).

Joining the Navy

Jonny was 16 when he learned about the US Naval Special Warfare Command, and decided to join; he was still attending high school at that time, and spent the following two years preparing himself physically. Jonny spoke about his decision to join the Navy in an interview, stating that he was a scared boy without dreams before the Navy, and that it was only after having joined it that he began to believe in himself.

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He enlisted in 2002, aged 18, and became a seaman recruit; he eventually graduated and joined the SEAL Team 3 as a special warfare operator. Jonny was deployed on more than 100 combat missions in the Middle East, serving as a point man, navigator, sniper, and combat medic. He joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in 2009, and left three years later, so thast he could join the Medical Corps.

Jonny has won various medals (and ribbons) for his service, including a Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy and Marine Corps Recommendation Medal, Bronze Star and Silver Star Medal. In March 2022, he was promoted to SEAL Lieutenant Commander.


Becoming an astronaut

While attending Harvard Medical School, Jonny learned about Scott E. Parazynski, who was both a successful physician and an astronaut; Scott’s story motivated Jonny to try and become an astronaut, and on 7 June 2017, he learned that his application was accepted, amongst 11 others from more than 18,000 applicants. He joined NASA Astronaut Group 22, began his training on 21 August 2017, and completed it on 10 January 2022.

NASA confirmed on 9 December 2020 that Jonny will be one of 18 astronauts who will fly to the Moon in 2024.

Most popular YouTube videos about Jonny

Jonny has been the subject of many YouTube videos, and while people often upload videos to admire him, Jonny has also accepted a couple of invitations for podcast interviews.

We’re going to mention three of the most popular YouTube videos which feature Jonny.

The #1 video “Jocko Podcast 221: Jonny Kim. Navy SEAL, Doctor, Astronaut. The Unimaginable Path.” has been watched more than two million times since 18 March 2020, and features popular podcaster Jocko talking with Jonny.

The second most popular video “Jonny Kim: Navy Seal, Doctor, Astronaut, All Before 36 | Goalcast” has been watched more than 1.7 million times since 19 November 2021, and tells the story of Jonny’s life.

His #3 video “Meet Artemis Team Member Jonny Kim” was uploaded by NASA on 9 December 2020, and has been watched over 400,000 times; it reveals Jonny’s training for Artemis missions.


Love life and wife

Jonny prefers to keep the details of his love life away from the media’s attention, but has still allowed his fans to have a glimpse into it. He’s today a married man, but avoids talking about his wife to the media; however, he’s revealed that he’s enormously grateful to his partner, because she takes good care of their three children, and that even though his demanding schedule leaves him with little to no time to spend with his family, he knows that their children are loved.

Jonny also prefers to keep their children away from media, and neither their names nor birthdates have been revealed.

As of June 2022, Jonny’s married to a non-celebrity woman whose name hasn’t been disclosed, and they have three children.

Hobbies and other interests

Jonny doesn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to his hobbies, but it’s widely known that running his Instagram account is one of the things he enjoys doing, and that he likes the attention which he’s receiving from his more than 200,000 followers. Jonny has uploaded over 150 pictures onto the network, the majority of which feature him during his everyday life, which is abnormal anyway.

He has been to many US states and European and Asian countries, mostly for work but also for pleasure; Jonny’s dream travel destination is Tokyo, Japan.


He enjoys watching movies in his spare time – his favorite actor and actress are Jim Carrey and Amanda Seyfried, while a couple of his favorite films include “The Number 23”, “Bruce Almighty” and “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.

Age, height and net worth

Jonny’s age is 38. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).

As of June 2022, Jonny’s net worth stands at over $1 million.

Martha Clifford

As an Author at Net Worth Post, I guide a dedicated team in the art of revealing the stories behind the world's most influential personalities. Fueled by a relentless curiosity and a knack for uncovering hidden stories, I immerse myself in the intricacies of our subjects' lives, weaving together accurate data and compelling narratives. My involvement spans the entire editorial process, from the seed of research to the final flourish of publication, ensuring that every article not only educates but also captivates and motivates our audience.

At Net Worth Post, we are committed to providing thorough investigations into the net worth and life achievements of innovators across diverse sectors such as technology, culture, and social entrepreneurship. My method merges meticulous research with eloquent storytelling, designed to bridge the gap between our readers and the remarkable individuals who redefine our tomorrow. Through spotlighting their journeys to success, the hurdles they've surmounted, and their contributions to society, we aim to give our readers a deep and inspiring insight into the luminaries who are paving the way for progress and ingenuity in the modern era.

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