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Chinese American Veteran Leader Dies

World Journal, Posted: Jul 23, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO Commander Bok Pon of the American Legion Organization of Chinese American Veterans, passed away from liver cancer on July 21, reports the World Journal. Pon left China in the early 1950s and joined the U.S. military after he came to the United States. Known for his advocacy for Chinese American veterans, he fought to build a museum in recognition of Chinese American soldiers and demanded housing benefits and scholarships for returning veterans. Pon was appointed to the Chinatown Economic Development Group and was a key supporter in the construction of San Francisco Chinatown City College. After being diagnosed with liver cancer, Pon was still active in increasing awareness about Hepatitis B and other liver illness in the Chinese community.

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