The late Colonel Fan Chia-jung (范嘉榮) of the Republic of China (ROC) Army will be honored posthumously today by the US government for his outstanding role in cementing military cooperation between the US and Taiwan, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday.
The US Army will posthumously confer the Meritorious Service Medal on Fan through the Taipei Office of the America Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the ministry said.
The medal, along with a citation signed by US Secretary of the Army John McHugh, will be presented by Colonel John Anderson of AIT to Fan’s wife at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the ROC Army Command in Lungtan, Taoyuan.
The US Army cited Fan for having displayed outstanding professional competence and sound judgment during his time as a deputy military attache to Taiwan’s representative office in Washington from 2008 and 2010, furthering cooperation between the armies of Taiwan and the US.
Fan coordinated military talks between the two sides and visits to the US by Taiwan’s military leaders, reflecting great credit upon himself, the ROC Army and his country, according to the citation.
This is the first time in 20 years that the US Meritorious Service Medal has been conferred on such a high-ranking Taiwanese military officer.
Fan, a graduate of the ROC Army Academy and the Virginia Military Institute, died of cancer in Taipei in October 2010.
He was 42.