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Fang Wong
Joe Donnelly and Fang Wong in 2011
Born Fang A. Wong
February 27, 1948(1948-02-27) (age 74)
Canton, China
Residence East Brunswick, New Jersey
Nationality American
Alma mater New York Institute of Technology (BS)
Title National Commander of
The American Legion
Term 2011–2012
Predecessor Jimmie L. Foster
Successor James E. Koutz
Spouse(s) Barbara Lam
Children Eric Wong (son)
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1969–1989
Rank US-Army-CW3.svg Chief Warrant Officer 3
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal

Fang Wong (born Fang A. Wong; February 27, 1948) is a retired officer of the United States Army who served as the National Commander of The American Legion from 2011 to 2012.

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.[1]

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.[1] Issues he lobbied for included promoting participation in the Legion for younger veterans and healthcare for older veterans.[2] 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").[3][4]

See also

  • List of Chinese Americans


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grant, Nichole (April 14, 2012). "National commander visits American Legion members welcome Wong". 
  2. Forand, Jesse (March 29, 2012). "Legion's Nat'l leader pays visit to Post 1". 
  3. Santoni, Mathew (March 22, 2012). "American Legion commander urges employers to hire veterans". 
  4. Stiles, Bob (March 22, 2012). "Vets' leader: Care needed". 

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Jimmie L. Foster
National Commander of The American Legion
2011 – 2012
Succeeded by
James E. Koutz

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