WWII Veteran Awarded Long Overdue Service Medals

Hochul Presents Medals to Family of Army Nurse

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) presented service medals to Deborah Chung, daughter of United States Army nurse and World War II veteran Rebecca Chung, for her mother’s military service.

“Today, I am honored to recognize Mrs. Chung and her service to our nation. I am pleased I could finally present her family with their mother’s long overdue medals,” Rep. Hochul said. “The recognition today is a small token from a nation built on the brave service and sacrifice of those like Deborah Chung.”

With the assistance of Rep. Hochul, the Army Awards and Decorations Branch verified that Mrs. Rebecca Chung was entitled to the Women’s Army Corp Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Honorable Service Lapel Button-World War II.

Mrs. Chung was recruited into the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force. This group consisted of American Aviators commonly known as the Flying Tigers who fought against Japan. Once the United States entered the war, the group was organized into the US Army Air Corps in 1942. Mrs. Chung served in the United States Army until July 1943 when she joined the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC). In 1993, CNAC air crew members were awarded veteran status; however, this recognition was not extended to Mrs. Chung.

After years of attempting to receive her discharge papers, Mrs. Chung passed away in December, 2011, just days before Rep. Hochul’s office was able to obtain the papers. Rep. Hochul presented the discharge papers to Chung’s daughter in January of this year.

A photo of Rebecca Chung serving in the 14th U.S. Army Air Force in China can be found right here.

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