Chinese general honored in DC

Friday, September 29, 2017

By Lia Zhu in San Francisco | China Daily USA | Updated: 2017-09-29 12:33

Chinese war hero and US ally Sun Li-jen, known as "the ever-victorious general" for his feats fighting the Japanese in Burma in World War II, has been recognized for the first time on the floor of the US Congress. Congressman Ro Khanna, representing California's 17th District, honored General Sun on Thursday. He encouraged Congress to remember Sun's contributions and legacy and their importance to people of Chinese and Chinese-American ancestry.

Sun was a friend of American generals MacArthur and Eisenhower. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, a US military award for extraordinarily meritorious conduct, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in recognition of his victory in the Battle of Yenangyaung, Burma, in 1942. With unanimous consent, the report recommending Sun for the Legion of Merit and a letter from the Virginia Military Institute, his alma mater, were entered into the US Congressional Record.

"Under most trying conditions General Sun displayed high qualities of leadership. The First Burma Division of the British Force at Yenangyaung was extricated by the attack of the 38th Division and saved from annihilation. General Sun held his unit together at all times during the retreat and brought it ready for combat to India. His example of courage and leadership reflect great credit on Allied Arms," the US War Department wrote in the report.