Taiwan gives medal to World War II general

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 13:45

Taipei: Taiwan has presented a special medal to a 102-year-old former general for leading his squadron of aircraft against Japan on the Chinese mainland during World War II.

An envoy gave the medal to Lee Hsueh-yen at his New Jersey home on Sunday, his birthday. Taiwan media say Lee expressed his thanks.

Lee is known as the oldest surviving general from the Flying Tigers, an American aerial squadron founded by General Claire Chennault.

Lee fled to Taiwan in 1949 with General Chiang Kai-shek following the Nationalist defeat by Communist forces in a civil war. Lee later moved to the US.

Taiwan`s military is to reprint a memoir by Lee, part of efforts to counter China`s claim that the Nationalists played a subsidiary role to the Communists in defeating the invading Japanese.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 13:45
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