Marine Sergeant Man Chan, serving with the 2nd Supply Battalion at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. received The American Legion’s Spirit of Service Award, Aug, 27, in recognition of his extensive volunteer efforts.
American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz presented the award with Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during The American Legion’s 95th National Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Chan was honored along with representatives from the other four armed services at the annual business gathering of the 2.4 million-member Legion, making it the nation's largest veterans organization.
A Houston native, Chan joined the Marine Corps in June 2003, completing Marine Recruit and Combat Training then reported to the Marine Corps’ Basic Warehouse School at Camp Johnson, NC. After assignment to the 1st Supply Battalion, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since 2007, he has served in Mali, Thailand and the Czech Republic.
Since reporting to the 2nd Supply Battalion at Camp Lejeune in Jan. 2011, he volunteered in numerous community events, providing over 390 hours of service for on base community events and more than 75 hours within his local community. Taking on a variety of challenging volunteer opportunities, he assisted with the construction of housing for the less fortunate with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Assisted Living communities, distributed toys to children in need, supervised games, events and provided escorts for the elderly
In addition to the myriad volunteer hours he commits to his community, Chan is also responsible for administering the Marine Corps substance abuse program to more than 1,000 Marines.
Sgt. Chan attributes his military career and volunteer service success to his strong adherence to the U.S. Marine Corps core values of honor, courage, and commitment. Chan said he was amazed to have been selected as the sole Marine to represent his service.
“I was shocked and surprised,” he said. “My company commander told me that my battalion commanding officer had nominated me.”
The National Commander of the American Legion James Koutz presented him a membership in The American Legion as part of the award.
“He makes all of his 2.4 million fellow Legionnaires very proud,” Koutz said.
“It is an honor to be a new member of The American Legion,” Chan said.
"Our nation is fortunate to have such dedicated service members as Man Chan," Cmdr. Koutz said. "For both his service to America and his community, Sgt. Chan is a credit to his uniform and to our country.”
This is the 14th year that The American Legion has sponsored the Spirit of Service award program.