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Wife of late ROC officer receives posthumous medal from U.S. Army

Wife of late ROC officer receives posthumous medal from U.S. Army

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) The wife of late Col. Fan Chia-jung of the Republic of China Army received a medal on behalf of her husband Monday from the government of the United States in recognition of his role in cementing Taiwan-U.S. military cooperation, according to the Ministry of National Defense. The U.S. Army posthumously conferred the Meritorious Service Medal on Fan through the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) at a ceremony at the ROC Army Command in Taoyuan in northern Taiwan. Fan's wife, Lee Chia-ling, told CNA that the family was proud to see him receive the honor. It represented recognition of his performance during his military training in the U.S., as well as his stint as a deputy military attache at Taiwan's representative office in Washington, D.C., she added. It is the first time in 20 years that the medal has been conferred on such a high-ranking Taiwanese military officer. The medal, along with a citation signed by U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh, was presented by Col. John Anderson of the AIT to Lee. The U.S. Army praised Fan for his outstanding professional competence and sound judgment and diplomacy when he was stationed in Washington, D. C. between 2008 and 2010. The citation also mentioned Fan's outstanding performance in coordinating military talks between Taiwan and the U.S. and visits to the U.S. by Taiwanese military leaders. Fan, a graduate of the ROC Army Academy and the Virginia Military Institute, died of cancer in October 2010 at the age of 42. (By Chen Pei-huang and Elaine Hou)