World War II Marine to receive medal during ceremony

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMay 9, 2013 

A Marine who served in Asia during World War II will be presented the China War Memorial Medal on Saturday during a ceremony at Fort Benning.

James E. Lett, 92, will be presented the medal during an 11 a.m. ceremony at the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment Barracks in Harmony Church. Military and civilian personnel are eligible for the award for being involved in the war and serving in China, Burma, Vietnam or Thailand for 30 days between Dec. 8, 1941 and Sept. 2, 1945.

Lett is among the last surviving members of the campaign assisting the Chinese in their fight against Japan.

The official name of the award is the Medal in Commemoration of Victory in the Resistance Against Aggression but is referred to as the China War Memorial Medal. Established by the Republic of China in 1944 and first issued in October 1946, the Chinese Nationalist Government authorized the medal to all armed forces members of the United States and others who assisted the Chinese in the fight against Japan.

Lett and Bob King, the commander of chapter 1402 of the Marine Corps League, will attend the ceremony in Building 4323.

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