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PRIVATE DANNY CHEN

Background

Like many young men and women who love their country and long for adventure, Danny wanted to serve his country in the military. Private Danny Chen was a 19 year-old Chinese American from New York City and the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Su Zhen and Yan Tao Chen. While in training, Danny often wrote letters back home about his experiences, deployment and his excitement about his long held aspiration of being in the Army. Sadly, on October 3, 2011, his dream was cut short. After weeks of enduring racially charged hazing, harassment, and abuse, Danny died of non-combat injuries at his army base in Afghanistan. Responses of outrage and support have come from as far away as Beijing and Australia. People in the United States, including those from Alaska, North Carolina, Washington, and California, and members of many OCA chapters across the country, are all asking the same question: "What happened to Private Danny Chen?” Since this incident has come to light, the OCA-New York Chapter, along with concerned community members in Chinatown, have not let this question go ignored.

What Happened to Private Danny Chen?

As the investigation continues, disturbing bits and pieces have emerged to what transpired during Private Chen’s short military career. The Army’s investigation found that his superiors and peers had subjected Private Chen to daily abuse for nearly six weeks prior to his death. The mistreatment consisted of physical harassment, excessive work detail and guard duty, racially charged taunting with names like "Gook,” Chink,” and "Dragon Lady;” and acts of humiliation, such as ordering him to give directions in Chinese to his fellow English-speaking soldiers. The abuse reached a crescendo on the evening of October 3, 2011 after rocks were thrown at his back while he was forced to crawl along graveled ground in full gear.


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Join the thousands of individuals who have already signed on to the petition to discharge those who have been charged in connection to Private Danny Chen's death.

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