Ma honors late Defense Minister Chiang
President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday awarded posthumous honors to late Defense Minister Chiang Chung-ling ( ) to recognize his contribution to the country as he attended Chiang’s memorial service in Taipei.
Attending the memorial service held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Ma bestowed upon Chiang’s family a certificate recognizing Chiang’s contribution to the nation as well as its armed forces.
Other guests who joined the ceremony included former Vice President Vincent Siew and two other former defense ministers, among others.
Chiang died of heart failure on March 18 at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He was 93.
Born in the mainland’s Zhejiang province in 1922, Chiang took part in the war against Japan’s invasion of China and the Kuomintang (KMT) government’s campaigns against the Red Chinese during the Chinese Civil War during his career as a professional soldier.
A defense minister from December 1994 to January 1999, Chiang served under then President Lee Teng-hui ( ) when Taiwan was undergoing its democratization process.
After he stepped down as defense minister, Chiang served first as a senior adviser to the president and later as a vice chairman of the KMT from 2000 to 2003.