BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A World War II veteran was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Beaverton Sunday, ahead of Veteran’s Day.
It also happened to be Fred Lee’s 95th birthday.
The award was part of the Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump last year. Lee voluntarily joined the army, leaving Oregon State to serve for about three years. He was a part of a mobile map-making unit during the war.
Lee is one of two Chinese-American veterans living in Oregon today.
“I didn’t expect all of this,” he said. “I went there in 1943 to 1946, about two years I was overseas.”
He was given a certificate by a Brigadier General—the actual medal will be presented to him in July.
Follow KOIN 6 for the latest news and weather