By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — On Saturday, Chinese American veterans of World War II were recognized and awarded with Congressional Gold Medal replicas in Chinatown.

About 160 were awarded today at the First Chinese Baptist Church as a formal thank you for their military service.

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About 20,000 Chinese Americans served during WWII, but many faced discrimination and racial inequities during this period. However, as the Chinese American Citizens Alliance stated, they all served with dignity. 

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“I never thought I’d get a medal for serving,” said veteran Robert Yup. “I thought was my duty to go and that’s what I did.”

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Congress formally recognized Chinese American veterans for their service in WWII late last year in December 2020.