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In the midst of World War II, 100 Army, Navy, and Marine Corps pilots flew their P-40 Warhawk fighters as the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Army. Recruited under U.S. presidential sanction, the group worked to defend China against Japanese Forces.

They were known as “The Flying Tigers,” and their shark-faced fighters were among the most recognizable combat aircraft flown during World War II. The goal in painting the noses of their aircraft to resemble the mouths of tiger sharks was to strike fear into the hearts of Japanese Zero pilots.

One of those pilots, Captain William Chow King, has since passed away, but today, at the home he built in Lodi, California, a four-star Taiwanese general presented King's 83-year-old widow with two long-overdue medals.

Read Taiwan to Honor Locke Native for WWII Heroism to learn more.

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