Lee Wong biography: 13 things about U.S. Army veteran from West Chester, Ohio

Lee Wong (黄良华) is an Asian-American man from Ohio, United States. He is an ethnic Chinese.

Wong served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in West Chester Township, Butler County, Ohio. (a)
  2. He is a Republican. (b)
  3. When he was 12 years old, his parents passed away. (a)
  4. He was 18 years old when he immigrated from Malaysia to the U.S. in the early 1970s. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (a) (b)
  5. When he was a 20-year-old sophomore college student, a white male mistook him for Japanese and pushed him to the ground. He was hospitalized and sued the attacker, who was sentenced to one-year, non-reporting probation only. To get his revenge, he applied to become a policeman but he was rejected. (a)
  6. He obtained a green card because his older brother was a citizen. Afterwards, he joined the U.S. Army. (a)
  7. While in the U.S. Army, he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal science and served as a special agent for the U.S. Army police force’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID). He was the first Chinese American to get in one of the most elite U.S. Army organizations. (a)
  8. He worked as a police officer in Indiana, USA. (a)
  9. In 2001, he moved his family to West Chester where he volunteered to collect tickets for football games. (a)
  10. In November 2005, he was elected to the board of trustees in West Chester and took office for his first term in January 2006. (a)
  11. From 2005 to 2007, he attended the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio where he earned his master’s degree in criminal justice. (a) (c) (d)
  12. His fourth term as president of the board of trustees of West Chester is from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2021. (a) (c)
  13. He was 69 years old when he unbuttoned his shirt and bared his chest during a board meeting in West Chester on March 23, 2021. He said, “Don’t get me wrong. People love me in this community and I love them, too. But there are some ignorant people that would come up to me and say that I don’t look American enough or patriotic enough.” Showing his military scars, he continued, “Here’s my proof. Now, is this patriot enough?” (b)



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