Meet the Chinese-American Marine Who Single-handedly Saved 8,000 Men in the Korean War


R.I.P. Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee January 21, 1926 – March 3, 2014.

Nearly four years after passing at his home in Washington, Kurt Chew-Een Lee and his valor in the Korean War lives on in grateful memory.

Lee, a Chinese-American Marine, is remembered by many for single-handedly driving Chinese attackers away during the Battle of Inchon in 1950.

Born on Jan. 21, 1926, in San Francisco, Lee was the son of a Guangzhou-born man who moved to Hawaii in the 1920s, and later, California.

Lee attended high school with the nickname “Kurt” — which he adopted legally later — and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) at the age of 18.

He was assigned to learn Japanese, and upon graduation, was retained to teach the language. This disappointed him as he wanted to fight in World War II.

But in 1950, Lee became the first lieutenant of a machine-gun platoon that shipped out to Inchon on Sept. 21 to attack North Koreans and drive them northwards.

The People’s Republic of China supported North Korea by sending troops, marking the beginning of a perilous but legendary battle.

Then came the night of Nov. 2, when Chinese forces advanced to attack his unit.

“All hell broke loose,” Lee told the Smithsonian Channel before his death in 2014.

“The whole place erupted with gunfire, explosions. The cacophony was tremendous, it was like we’re in the middle of a trembling bowl of jelly.”

Lee had his men shoot the enemy’s muzzle flashes, and they also formed a defensive line.

Then, Lee advanced by himself to provoke the Chinese to open fire and consequently reveal their locations. He carried out a one-man assault, firing at irregular rates to confuse the enemy.

His strategy worked.

Photo: Screenshot via YouTube / Smithsonian Channel

Moments later, Lee crept up on the enemy outpost and fired off what the rest of his unit could not: the Chinese language.

“Don’t shoot, I’m Chinese!” he yelled in Mandarin.

The enemy was briefly distracted, but that gave Lee enough time to throw his last two grenades and shoot them on sight.

“Their fires suddenly ceased and some whistle sounded,” he recalled.

Shortly after, Lee went closer to the outpost and that’s when he discovered that some had been killed, while the rest retreated to safety.

The lieutenant sustained wounds in the battle, but his courage and loyalty to the American flag earned him the Navy Cross, the second highest honor given for combat bravery.

The citation read, via The New York Times:

“Despite serious wounds sustained as he pushed forward. First Lieutenant Lee charged directly into the face of the enemy fire and, by his dauntless fighting spirit and resourcefulness, served to inspire other members of his platoon to heroic efforts in pressing a determined counterattack and driving the hostile forces from the sector.”

Lee was still recovering the following month when news of another problem broke out. This time, he led a 500-man thrust to rescue 8,000 American troops trapped by Chinese forces.

With heavier relief loads, his pack of men braved freezing hills and limited visibility from the blizzard. Without instructions to carry out the mission, the lieutenant, nonetheless, pressed forward with only a compass to guide his way.

Lee and his men were suddenly pinned down by enemy fire, but they shot back stronger. While his right arm was still in a cast, he was able to take down two soldiers.

Eventually, they reached the trapped forces and established communication for assault reinforcements.

For his final wounds in Korea, Lee was awarded the Silver Star. The citation read:

“First Lieutenant Lee’s platoon was pinned down by intense hostile fire while attacking south on the main service road from Koto-Ri. Observing that the heavy fire was inflicting numerous casualties, he exposed himself to the deadly fire to move among his troops, shouting words of encouragement and directing a withdrawal to covered positions. Assured that the last of his wounded was under cover, he was seeking shelter for himself when he was struck down and severely wounded by a burst of enemy machine-gun fire.”

With an undeniable display of valor, Lee, the first Chinese-American Marine, has truly become a legend in history.

Trump’s Pick to Lead the ATF Is a 2nd Amendment-Loving Cop

H/T Western Journal.

President Trump made the right call with this appointment.

The federal government’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives — better known simply as the “ATF” — has been without a Senate-confirmed permanent director since 2015, but that may be about to change as President Donald Trump has signaled his intention to soon make a formal nomination for that position.

In a news release last week, the White House named Charles Canterbury, Jr. as Trump’s likely nominee to be the director of the ATF. That nomination should put to rest at least some of the concerns many gun owners hold with regard to that particular agency, as Canterbury is quite open about his strong support for the Second Amendment and the gun rights cherished by American citizens.

The release noted, “Mr. Canterbury currently serves as President of the National Fraternal Order of Police, a position he has held since 2003. He earned the rank of Major in the Horry County Police Department in Conway, South Carolina, after 26 years in the Patrol Division, Criminal Division, and Training Division.”

“He has served on the Executive Board of the National Fraternal Order of Police for more than two decades. His distinguished career earned him an induction into the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame,” the statement added.

Canterbury’s name actually came up as a potential nominee to lead the ATF in November 2018, when Politico reported upon some of the controversy and criticism that arose following Canterbury and the FOP’s endorsement of Trump’s criminal justice reform efforts, efforts the FOP had previously stood against.

That article pointed out that Canterbury had a “very good relationship” with the president, and noted that he had taken part in several of the White House listening sessions and round table discussions about immigration and other law enforcement-related issues.

It also included anonymous and partisan speculation that Canterbury had been angling for some time for any of several possible jobs in the administration.

Regardless, the executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, Jonathan Thompson, told Politico of Canterbury and the ATF top spot: “Chuck is one of the most honorable people I’ve ever worked with and if he is selected, I can’t think of a finer person to take the position.”

As for Canterbury’s stance on gun ownership and the Second Amendment, The Daily Caller reported that there are plenty of prior statements from the FOP president that make it abundantly clear where he stands on the issue of firearms in civilian hands.

In 2009, while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearings for then-Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Canterbury said he saw no contradiction between supporting the Second Amendment and supporting the liberal jurist.

“I want no mistake to be made,” Canterbury said, according to The Daily Caller. “I take a back seat to no one in my reverence for the Second Amendment.”

“In fact, if I thought that Judge Sotomayor’s presence on the court posed a threat to my Second Amendment right, I would not be supporting her here today,” he added.

Just two years later, in 2011, Canterbury sat down for an interview with Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association — Institute for Legislative Action, and reiterated his strong support for civilian gun ownership and the Second Amendment.

Remarking upon the close cooperation between the NRA and the FOP, Canterbury said, “It’s a duty for us at FOP to support policies that protect our nation’s law enforcement officers — but also protect the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Canterbury also addressed his opposition to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun mayor’s organization and strict gun control proposals — some of which Canterbury argued would prove dangerous to police officers.

That opposition led Bloomberg to dismissively refer to the FOP as a radical “fringe group” that should be ignored.

Canterbury’s answer to that was perfect.

“If standing up for officer safety makes the FOP a fringe group, then so be it,” he said.

“The real fringe group is the reckless politicians who interfere with law enforcement. I can’t just stand by while politicians grandstand over our issues without understanding the real-world implications.”

It is those “real-world implications” of strict gun control laws and an undermined Second Amendment — specifically the impact such measures have on the streets — that a career law enforcement official would know better than any politician.

That, plus his recognition of the importance of protecting the gun rights of law-abiding citizens means he is quite likely the best choice as any to lead — and hopefully, reform for the better — an agency that many gun owners have long viewed with suspicion.

Trump has more female senior advisers than last three administrations

H/T The New York Post.

But how can this be as the drive-by media tells us President Trump is a sexist and misogynist?

President Trump has seven women currently serving as senior White House advisers — more than any of his three predecessors.

At the same time in their presidencies, Barack Obama had five; George W. Bush three, and Bill Clinton five.

The report, in the Washington Examiner, notes that presidents who served before Clinton appointed so few women to top jobs that Trump’s record may be higher than that of any chief executive in history.

Trump’s appointees are: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders; counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway; CIA Director Gina Haspel; Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen; senior adviser Ivanka Trump (the president’s daughter); Director of Legislative Affairs Shahira Knight, and Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp.

The president had an eighth until last December, when UN Ambassador Nikki Haley resigned.