Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on Tuesday presented the daughter of United States Army nurse and World War II veteran Rebecca Chung with honorable discharge papers for her mother’s service to our country.
“We have a responsibility to honor the brave men and women who served our nation and risked their lives for our country,” Hochul said in a news release. “Rebecca Chung and her family waited nearly 70 years for the honor and recognition she earned, and I am pleased I could finally present Mrs. Chung’s family with their mother’s honorable discharge papers.”
Mrs. Chung was recruited into the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force. This group consisted of American Aviators commonly known as the Flying Tigers who fought against Japan. Once the United States entered the war, the group was organized into the US Army Air Corps in 1942. Mrs. Chung served in the United States Army until July 1943 when she joined the China National Aviation Corporation. In 1993, CNAC air crew members were awarded veteran status; however, this recognition was not extended to Mrs. Chung.
After years of attempting to receive her discharge papers, Mrs. Chung passed away last month, days before Congresswoman Hochul’s office was able to obtain the papers. Congresswoman Hochul presented the discharge papers to Chung’s daughter, Deborah Chung, a resident of Amherst.
“My mother dedicated her life to nursing and unconditional service,” said Deborah Chung. “Though her veteran status is nearly seven decades overdue, I want to thank Congresswoman Hochul and her staff for finally giving my mother the honor that she rightfully deserves.”
After the war, Mrs. Chung moved to Canada and wrote a memoir entitled “Piloted to Serve.” Rebecca Chung passed away on December 7th, 2011.