Taiwan awards posthumous medals to two U.S. officers

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/07
By: Amy Huang and Kay Liu

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on

Presidnet Ma Ying-jeou (left) and the AIT's Gene Richards.

Presidnet Ma Ying-jeou (left) and the AIT’s Gene Richards.

Sunday conferred a posthumous honor on two American military officers who died during China’s bombardment of Kinmen Island in 1954.

Gene Richards, chief of the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT’s) Liaison Affairs Section, accepted the commemorative “Defending Taiwan” medals on behalf of the two late officers — Lt. Col. Alfred Medendorp and Lt. Col. Frank W. Lynn.

The award ceremony was held at a war memorial on Shueitao Pier in Kinmen, where the two officers were killed in 1954.

The commemorative medals were introduced in January by the Ministry of National Defense to honor military personnel, including Americans, who helped protect Taiwan in battles against China after 1949.

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