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Thanking Thomas Lew for His Service to Our Country During World War II

Floor Speech

Date: Oct. 16, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. SMITH of Washington. Madam Speaker, I rise to honor and recognize Thomas Lew for his courageous service to our country during World War II.

Thomas Lew is a Chinese-American veteran who bravely accepted the call to serve and protect our nation. Lew served valiantly as an expert sharpshooter in the U.S. Army's amphibious tank unit from 1943 to 1946. He achieved the rank of sergeant and completed his foreign service in Luzon, Philippines.

For far too long, our veterans of color, including Chinese-American veterans, did not receive the proper recognition they deserved. Although we will never be able to thank him enough for his service to our nation, we remain grateful to Thomas and the many veterans who have so selflessly answered the call to service.

Madam Speaker, it is with great admiration that I honor Thomas Lew and all Chinese-American veterans for their distinguished service to our country during World War II.

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