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Topic : Flying Tigers nurse, Rebecca Chan

Posted By: ddlchung on January 23, 2012, 7:52 pm
My mother, Rebecca Chan (Mrs. Chung) worked as a nurse in both Flying Tigers and the subsequent 14th US Army Air Force in Kunming, China, in 1942-43. She was granted US veteran status (Honorable Discharge) from US Army in a ceremony held in the office of Congresswoman Hochul in Buffalo, NY, on Jan. 17, 2012.  Unfortunately, she passed away on Dec. 7, 2011.  I, her daughter, received the honor in the ceremony.  Now that her DD214 is available, I would like to know if it is possible to have her listed as a member of your organization.  Below are the news links about my mother.

My mother's 240-page autobiography "Piloted to Serve" will be published in English in March 2012.  The Chinese version has been published days prior to her death.  Anyone interested in either version is welcome to contact me at

Deborah Chung

Posted By: aaatripp on January 26, 2012, 3:44 pm | Post: 1
Dear Ms. Chung,

Congratulations to your family on the official recognition of your mother's service during WWII and sincere condolences to you all on her recent passing.

It is wonderful that you were able to obtain a DD214 for your mother, as so many records were indeed lost in that terrible 1973 fire at the NPRC in St. Louis (some of my relatives' records were lost in that fire).

Can you please tell us when, where and with what units your mother served?

Thank you & best wishes,
Tripp Alyn


Tripp Alyn, Historian
AVG Flying Tigers Association

Posted By: ddlchung on January 26, 2012, 5:53 pm | Post: 2
My mother, Rebecca Chan (Mrs. Chung), worked in Kunming from August 1, 1942 to July 1, 1943. She was first working in the Flying Tigers and stayed on when it became US Army (14th US Army Station Hospital).  Throughout the 11 months,  she worked closely with Lt. Col. Dr. Fred Manget.  She was recruited by Col. Dr. Gentry.

Thank you for your interest

Deborah Chung

Posted By: LydiaRossi on January 27, 2012, 2:20 pm | Post: 3
Dear Ms. Chan,

I also offer my congratulations in the honor that was bestowed on your mother by Congresswoman Hochul. It sounds like she was a wonderful person and you have every reason to be proud of her. However, she was never a member of the American Volunteer Group Flying Tigers. As per your own statement, she was hired in August, 1942. The AVG was officially disbanded in July, 1942.

It is quite possible that she was a member of the 14th Air Force. You can check with them and their rosters.
Good luck and thank you for contacting us.

Lydia Rossi

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