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U.S. Army to confer posthumous medal on ROC officer

U.S. Army to confer posthumous medal on ROC officer

Taipei, Jan. 8 (CNA) The late Colonel Fan Chia-jung of the Republic of China army will be honored posthumously Monday by the United States government for his outstanding role in cementing military cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan, the defense ministry said Sunday. The U.S. Army will posthumously confer the Meritorious Service Medal on Fan through the Taipei Office of the America Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the ministry said. The medal, along with a citation signed by U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh, will be presented by Col. John Anderson of the AIT to Fan's wife Lee Chia-ling at a ceremony at the ROC Army Command in Lungtan, Taoyuan, on Monday. The U.S. Army cited Col. Fan for having displayed outstanding professional competence and sound judgment and diplomacy during his stint as a deputy military attache of Taiwan's representative office in Washington, D.C. between 2008 and 2010, furthering cooperation between the the armies of Taiwan and the U.S. He coordinated military talks between the U.S. and Taiwan and visits to the U.S. by Taiwan's military leaders, reflecting great credit upon himself, the Army of Taiwan and his country, according to the citation. It is the first time in 20 years that the U.S. Meritorious Service Medal is being conferred on such a high-ranking Taiwanese military officer. Fan, a graduate of the ROC Army Academy and the Virginia Military Institute, died of cancer in Taipei in October 2010. He was 42. (By Chen Pei-huang and Deborah Kuo)


Updated : 2021-06-25 18:29 GMT+08:00