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    Thursday, September 29, 2022

    Westerly veteran gets long overdue medal

    Sherman Yee, right, helps recognize relative Joseph G. Chan, 96, for his military service by presenting a golden giraffe as a gift to Chan on behalf of Chan's family during a medal ceremony Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in the Municipal Courtroom at Westerly Town Hall. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)

    Westerly — Joseph G. Chan, 96, was recognized and honored for his Army service in the Korean War, during a medal ceremony Wednesday in the Municipal Courtroom at Town Hall.

    Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Jack Reed held the ceremony, where Chan was presented with the National Defense Service Medal.

    Chan served as a cook; after being honorably discharged in 1954, he returned to Westerly and opened up his own restaurant, Chen's Village Restaurant.

    Joseph G. Chan's son, Jerry, left, and Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, right, recognize and honor Joseph Chan for his service in the Army in the Korean War, during a medal ceremony Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in the Municipal Courtroom at Westerly Town Hall. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Joseph G. Chan, 96, is pinned with the National Defense Service Medal for his service in the Army in the Korean War, during a ceremony Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in the Municipal Courtroom at Westerly Town Hall. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Wallace, right, and Rose Chin smile as Joseph G. Chan, 96, is recognized for his service in the Army in the Korean War, during a ceremony Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in the Municipal Courtroom at Westerly Town Hall. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Joseph G. Chan, 96, smiles after being recognized and honored for his service in the Army in the Korean War, during a ceremony Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in the Municipal Courtroom at Westerly Town Hall. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Joseph G. Chan, 96, is recognized and honored for his service in the Army in the Korean War, during a ceremony Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in the Municipal Courtroom at Westerly Town Hall. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Joseph G. Chan, 96, is recognized and honored for his service in the Army in the Korean War, during a medal ceremony Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in the Municipal Courtroom at Westerly Town Hall in Westerly. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
    Joseph G. Chan, 96, holds a citation Wednesday, June 1, 2022, after being recognized and honored for his service in the Army in the Korean War, during a medal ceremony in the Municipal Courtroom at Westerly Town Hall. (Daniel Passapera/Special to The Day)
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