Tag Archives: US Memorial Day

US Memorial Day: Commemorating John Douangdara and his Navy Memorial Statue

As a Navy veteran, one thing my father wanted to do is to see his name in the register of Navy veterans in the US Navy Memorial in Washington DC.  When the Wife and I finally took him there, I … Continue reading

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US Memorial Day: Remembering Hazel Ying Lee, WASP Pilot

Hazel Ying Lee  was one of two Chinese American women in United State’s Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) program during World War II (Maggie Gee was the other).  She learned to fly and later volunteered to fight the Japanese in … Continue reading

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On Memorial Day: The Last Viewing

While Memorial Day in the US usually brings up thoughts of summer and barbecue, dead Asian American and Pacific Islander veterans usually don’t come to mind. This StoryCorp animation of a father’s remembrance of his dead son reminded me of … Continue reading

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US Memorial Day: Remembering Captain Francis Wai

In 1996, the United States Congress ordered a new look at the stories of Asian American soldiers to see if any were passed up for appropriate medals.   As a result, in 2000, Frances Wai’s Distinguished Service Cross medal was … Continue reading

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