American Hero


 The item which I treasure is a photo of my dad. My dad, Lau Sing Kee (aka Sing Kee), was a World War I hero who served in the United States Army in the 77th Division.  Originally from California, he was awarded the Distinguish Service Cross and the Purple Heart from the United States and the Croix de Guerre from France.  He received his medals for staying 3 days straight at a message center. In spite of his position being shelled and gassed, he refused to leave his post. At one point he was by himself for 24 hours.  After the war he received a hero’s welcome in San Jose.  Few people know about my dad’s heroic deed. Stevie Wonder however, has immortalize him in his song “Black Man” recorded in the cd entitled Songs In The Key of Life.  The lyrics are:  Who was the soldier of Company G who won high honors for his courage and heroism in World War 1?  Sing Kee - a yellow man.  When I look at the photo I am reminded of the contributions to this country made by so many immigrants. 

Place(s): California, New York

– Herbert L. Kee, MD

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant