American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291
Legion Year 19 – 20 Newsletter No. 3
Dear Legionnaires 親愛的會友:
We sincerely hope the Holiday Season brought everyone good health and happiness. The Lunar New Year is right around the corner and we wish you and your families a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year, the year of the Rat.
The Post has been busy the last few months with many activities. In September, the American Legion leadership: Department Commander Mike McDermott, Auxiliary President Linda Tome and Detachment Commander Dennis George visited our Post and the Kimlau Memorial. The leadership team stressed the importance of how the Legion, Auxiliary and SAL can work together to achieve our mission to continue to serve our veterans. In October, post members participated in the Republic of China Double Ten Parade in Chinatown. In November, the Post hosted the annual Veteran’s Day Parade on November 10th instead of the traditional November 11th to accommodate members who wished to participate in “America’s Parade” hosted by the United War Veterans on Fifth Avenue. It was a great honor to have 32 Midshipmen from the Naval Academy, members of the Academy’s Chinese Cultural Club, participate in our parade in Chinatown. They have been visiting our Post around Veteran’s Day for the past six years. We certainly hope this special bond we have developed over the last six years would be continued. The Thanksgiving party was held on November 17th in the Chairman Peter Woo Auditorium and on the 3rd floor where 250 Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion members, family and friends attended and enjoyed the holiday meal.
Retired Maj. General William S. Chen was the keynote speaker at the Chinese-American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal press conference held in the Chairman Peter Woo Auditorium in September. He is the first Chinese-American 2-star General and the son of a WWII fighter pilot who served under General Chennault in the 14th Air Force. General Chen said the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Chinese-American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act also known as H.R. Bill 2358 unanimously on December 12, 2018 and President Trump signed it into law on December 20, 2018. The Chinese-American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal is led by the Chinese American Citizen Alliance and they are prepared to present the medal in the spring next year in Washington, D. C. for those WWII veterans and family members who can travel to the nation’s capital to receive the award. Our Post is also working with the Chinese American Citizen Alliance to host a regional medal presentation for WWII veterans and/or their family possibly during the Post’s 75th anniversary celebration on June 6th of next year. General Chen encourages all Chinese WWII veterans and/or descendants to register to receive their long overdue recognition for their heroic services to the country during WWII. Our Post mailed out notices to the family members of all WWII veterans in our post’s records to remind them to register for the award. We also worked with New York City Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) to broadcast the message hoping to reach the descendants of Chinese-American World War II Veterans who are no longer receiving communications from our post or WWII veterans who are not members of our Post.
The Post has been busy working on the upcoming 75th anniversary celebration next June. We would like to remind you once again to submit your articles, viewpoints and commentary. Suggested topics for your writing could include historical recollection, personal experiences while in the armed services or life in the USA in general, as well as Kimlau Post related activities. If you’d like to share memories, please submit your military related photos for possible selection to print in the 75th Anniversary commemorative journal.
We sincerely thank the families of Maj. Stanley Lee, John H. Wong, Past Commander Lester Fong, Frank Ling and Kien Pang Gee for making donations to create scholarships in memory of our long time members. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage members and member’s progeny for higher education. The “Maj. Stanley Lee Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000, in its second year of a ten-year program was awarded to Post member Xuan Yan. The “John H. Wong Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000, in its fourth year of a five-year program was awarded to Kathleen Eng, daughter of Hon. Judge Randall Eng. “The Past Commander Lester Fong Memorial Scholarship” of $1,000, in its third year was awarded to Kelly Ng, granddaughter of Jack F. Ng. The “Frank Ling Memorial Scholarship” of $600 was awarded to Spencer Ng, grandson of Jack F. Ng. The “Kien Pang Gee Memorial Scholarship” of $500 was awarded to Alexander Mattingly, grandson of Jack Chu.
We were pleased to hand out the above awards, as well as the Post Scholarship awards (equal to $500 each) to eleven well deserving recipients during the recent Post annual Christmas party. We would like to congratulate them all on their outstanding achievements and wish them continued success in their future endeavors. We also handed out four Robert S. Wong Chinese Study Scholarship Awards. All award recipients completed a certified course in Chinese Study. Please note that the post has revised the scholarship application period to allow students to submit their scholarship applications from January 1st to August 31st.
本會非常感謝李飛揚家人及Saunders家人，黃雄源家人，前任主席鄺榮耀家人，凌壽南家人及朱鏡澎家人捐款設立幾個「紀念獎學金」，頒發給成績優異的學生，以鼓勵會員及其子弟勤奮向學，力求上進。為期十年每年一千元的「Maj. Stanley G. Y. Lee少校紀念獎學金」第二年頒發給會員嚴烜，為期五年每年一千元的「黃雄源紀念獎學金」第四年頒發給伍元天法官的女兒，一千元的「前任主席鄺榮耀紀念獎學金」頒發給伍福源孫女，六百元的「凌壽南紀念獎學金」頒發給伍福源孫子，五百元的「朱鏡澎紀念獎學金」頒發給趙積孫子。
1. Post Activities 會務
The following motions were approved during the September 29, 2019 General Meeting:
a. Approved the participation of the annual community Double-Ten Parade.
b. Approved to hold the Post Veterans Day Parade on November 10, 2019.
c. Approved the appointments of Jimmy Quan to chair this year’s Marine Toy for Tots Holiday toys distribution.
d. Approved the Lunar New Year dinner and Officers Installation dinner tickets at $20 per person, Officers and Past Commanders at $10 per person.
2. News/Announcement 其他消息
Please note the Lunar New Year banquet ticket for Legion members this year is $20, Post 1291 officers and past commanders ticket is $10.
a. The Post lunar year 4717 New Year’s Eve celebration will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 6 pm at the Jing Fong Restaurant (20 Elizabeth Street) and 28 Delight Restaurant (28 Pell Street). Anyone who wishes to attend must register with the Chinese Secretary from Monday December 23, 2019 to Sunday January 5, 2020 between 2 – 4 pm daily. Eligibility and cost for the dinner are as follow –
1.) Members with 2020 membership card – one $20 ticket each.
2.) Companion ticket $20.00 each – limited to one per member, no exceptions.
3.) Members of the Lt. Kimlau American Auxiliary Unit or the Lt. Kimlau Sons of American Legion Squadron are invited to join this celebration if they are not qualified based on the above requirement. Cost is $20.00 and maximum 2 tickets each. Must show your 2020 Auxiliary or SAL membership card when register.
b. The 2019 Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 Scholarship Award winners are (本會獎學金得獎人名單如下):
Hannah Chew – granddaughter of Jue W. Chew (趙占孫女), Kevin Chew – grandson of Jue W. Chew (趙占孫子), Darren Chin – grandson of William T. Chin (陳國添孫子), Nicholas Tiger Cheung – son of William Cheung (張華南兒子), Leah G. Chung – granddaughter of Kai S. Chung (李禎年孫女), Annie Eng – granddaughter of Yuen G. Eng (伍源敬孫女), Kathleen Eng – daughter of Hon. Randall T. Eng (伍元天女兒), Christine Jew – daughter of Warren H. Jew (趙禧濂女兒), Leilani Kaiser – granddaughter of Richard Shin (單志然孫女), Spencer Ng – grandson of Jack Y. F. Ng (伍福源孫子), Alexander Mattingly – grandson of Jack Chu (趙積孫子), Kelly Ng – granddaughter of Jack Y. F. Ng (伍福源孫女), Brandon Tse – son of Sean Tse (謝國寶兒子), Benjamin Michael Wong – grandson of Benjamin T. Wong (黃兆藩孫子), Xuan Yan (嚴 烜) – member of Lt. Kimlau Post, Lucy Yin – daughter of Min Xiong (熊敏女兒).
The 2019 Robert S. Wong Chinese Study Scholarship Award winners are (司徒旺中國文化獎學金得獎人名單如下): Madison Hom (譚雅琪) – granddaughter of Chuck D. Hom (譚卓滋孫女), Preston Hom (譚亮恆) – grandson of Chuck D. Hom (譚卓滋孫子), Spencer Hom (譚亮明) – grandson of Chuck D. Hom (譚卓滋孫子), Trevor K. Leong – grandson of Theodore Leong (梁文芳孫子). Congratulations to all the winners在此恭祝各得獎者百尺竿頭，更進一步.
c. Members who joined from January 18, 2004 to January 17, 2015 are eligible to apply for CAVMBC membership. Please stop by our Post Headquarter between the hours of 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm to obtain the application form.
d. We are currently at 69% renewal in membership which is lack behind the Department goal of 75% at this time. Please renew as soon as possible so we can achieve 100% membership. Members can remit the $25.00 membership dues by mail or in person.
3. Taps 仙逝會員
We are sad to report the following legionnaires have passed on to the Commander of us all post everlasting.
May Our Comrades Rest In Peace!
Doo J. Eng 伍 于 舉 (Sep 19)
Edwin K. Len 黎 剛 魏 (Sep 19)
Tam Cheung Tak 譚 祥 德 (Oct 19)
4. New/Transfer Members 新入會會員
There were seven new members approved by the last General meeting
Nicholas Kubian (Gulf – Air Force)
Cheuk Tam (Granada – Army)
Scott C. Deming 邱 德 明 (Gulf – Navy)
Edward S. Ng (Vietnam – Army)
Hoa Ping (Tommy) Mei 梅 浩 平 (Gulf – Army)
Jackie L. Chan 陳 興 龍 (Gulf – Marine)
Lawrence Gee Ha 夏 智 源 (Gulf – Navy)
Please join us to welcome the above new member. Hope to see all of you in future functions.
We hope the above information will be of interest to you and we hope to hear from you soon. Let us know what we can do for you. Until we meet again, stay well!
THE STAFF 本會行政小組仝人敬啟
Antonio Chuy 朱超然, Randall Eng 伍元天, Kai S. Chung 李禎年, Howard Chin 陳煥寧
Gabe B. Mui 梅本立, Mark Eng 伍顯宗, David Lam 林善群, Paul Tam 譚煥瑜
Registering a Veteran for eligibility to receive Congressional Gold Medal is quite simple using these instructions (please review your entries for accuracy):
1. Go to the only official authorized website to accept Congressional Gold Medal applications for consideration and confirmation at www.caww2.org.
2. Click on REGISTER VETERANS
3. Click on SUBMIT INFORMATION
which takes you to the application form. Check all entries for accuracy, especially your email and phone number. Incorrect entries will result in a delay in contacting you.
4. All questions with an asterisk (*) must be answered completely.
5. Have your discharge documents, and any other documents demonstrating their WWII service ready to enter the information. Also, it will ask you to upload the relevant documents or photos needed in Q.7. You can upload more documents and photos at the end starting with Q.26.
6. When entering dates, you must use the format MM/DD/YYYY, entering in “01” for DD if not known.
7. Check all entries for accuracy, especially your email and phone number. Incorrect entries will result in a delay in contacting you.
8. When completed, click DONE and if the next screen shows, “Thank you for completing the application.”, then the system has accepted your application. If you don’t receive that message, check for any errors. No confirmation of receipt email will be sent.
9. Please allow 30-45 days to process and review your application for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact us at CGMinfo@CAWW2.org and provide a contact phone no. and a convenient time to reach you.
10. You may also wish to add this email, CGMCommittee@caww2.org, to your email contacts so any correspondence from us will not be diverted to the JUNK/SPAM box.
12. Refer to the FAQ document for answers to many common questions at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zuysy7ysv16m7ni/CGM%20FAQ%202019-June%20Rev%20C.pdf?dl=0.
Do You Know
We Will Celebrate Our 75th Anniversary In 2020
The Post Will Publish a Journal to Commemorate This Special Event
And We Need Your HELP!
1. Articles – Historical recollection, suggestion and commentary (past, present and future)….related to our Post
2. Articles – Personal experience (humor or otherwise) while in the armed services or life in the USA
3. Pictures – About Post related activities
4. Any comic, art works that are of good taste
No Pay, No Benefits, No Vacation
But….we promise lots of hard work and fun – You can tell us what you like to do or
We can assign you a task.
We need all the helps we can get to pull this off.
This will be a TEAM effort
Please be part of the TEAM!
Interested or For More Information
Contact Historian Mimi Wang, Adjutant Gabe Mui, Commander Antonio Chuy
Pentagon to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Vets in 2017
A Defense Department retail board has given the green light to a plan to open online exchange shopping to all honorably discharged veterans, with hopes of starting the program on Veterans Day in 2017.
To get started, please visit the site to register:
The Exchange is excited to welcome Veterans of all United States Armed Forces as part of the Veterans online shopping benefit. We will soon be able to serve you through the lifelong shopping privileges you’ve rightfully earned.