Joe Donnelly and Fang Wong in 2011
Fang A. Wong|
February 27, 1948 (age 73)
|Residence||East Brunswick, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||New York Institute of Technology (BS)|
National Commander of|
The American Legion
|Predecessor||Jimmie L. Foster|
|Successor||James E. Koutz|
|Children||Eric Wong (son)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1969–1989|
|Rank||Chief Warrant Officer 3|
|Awards||Bronze Star Medal|
Early life and military career
Wong was born in Canton, China, and immigrated to the United States in 1960 at the age of 12. His military career began in 1969 when he enlisted in the United States Army and deployed to the Republic of Vietnam, serving for 25 months. Wong retired from the United States Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 1989.
The American Legion
Wong was elected National Commander on September 1, 2011, and promptly set out on a whirlwind tour of the 55 state-level departments of The American Legion. Issues he lobbied for included promoting participation in the Legion for younger veterans and healthcare for older veterans. Other initiatives included improving the efficiency of the Veterans Affairs disability claims process through greater digitization of paperwork and speeding up the transition between military training and civilian employment qualifications like requirements for a commercial truck driving license ("Don't tell me they can't drive a truck down an interstate").
- List of Chinese Americans
- Grant, Nichole (April 14, 2012). "National commander visits American Legion members welcome Wong".
- Forand, Jesse (March 29, 2012). "Legion's Nat'l leader pays visit to Post 1".
- Santoni, Mathew (March 22, 2012). "American Legion commander urges employers to hire veterans".
- Stiles, Bob (March 22, 2012). "Vets' leader: Care needed".
|Non-profit organization positions|
Jimmie L. Foster
|National Commander of The American Legion
2011 – 2012
James E. Koutz
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