Harry Lew was the only Chinese-American soldier in the 727th Amphibian Tractor Division when he landed in Borneo. While segregation limited roles for men like Lew, he proved instrumental to the U.S efforts. His ability to translate, allowed him to receive vital information from Chinese speakers camped in the area. Lew used this information to identify and arrest spies. Today, at 98, he is one of around 300 surviving Chinese American World War II Vets.
This great man served this country honorably. To make this even more remarkable, he did so while facing discrimination and unfair policies like The Chinese Exclusion Act. Last year, a digital ceremony honored Chinese American World War II vets like Lew. Fortunately, now fully vaccinated, Harry Lew and roughly 75 attendees were able to gather for an in-person award ceremony. Check out the Full story.
This story comes at an important time for two reasons. For one thing, many Asian Americans today face increasing racism and attacks. We must remember to support those from all backgrounds who have played an important role in building and protecting this country. Furthermore, many of our older veterans are not receiving the recognition they deserve and the care they need.
Many Korean and World War II vets struggle with low retirement benefits and rising costs. This is why we urge Congress to pass The Greatest Generation Benefits Act. Learn more about this bill and sign our petition here. Also, take a look at the results of our nationwide survey to see just how important this change is for all members of the greatest generation.