Military Advisory Committee

MG William S Chen
U.S. Army Retired


Bill Chen served as a career U.S. Army officer for over 32 years and retired as a Major General – the first Chinese American to wear 2-star rank in the U.S. Army. His capstone assignments were as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Missile Command and Program Executive Officer for Missile Defense, and he is the recipient of two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal. He worked as a defense industry executive for almost 18 years in engineering & product development and general management.

Bill received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Auburn University. He is a distinguished aerospace engineering alumnus of the University of Michigan.

Murray Lee
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum


Murray Lee is the curator of Chinese American History at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. He is a Merchant Marine veteran of World War II and started and continues to maintain a registry of local Chinese American veterans. He has presented papers at national conferences, local schools, universities, and organizations. In 1999 he chaired the program committee for the Chinese American conference held at USD. For several years he wrote articles on history for a local Asian newspaper and recently authored a book titled: In Search of Gold Mountain, A History of the Chinese in San Diego, California.

He did his undergraduate and graduate work in geography at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has extensive professional experience in cartography, research, and graphic design in the production of maps, atlases, publications, and presentations.

Frank Shirer
Chief, Historical Resources Branch: U.S. Army Center of Military History

MG Antonio M. Taguba
U.S. Army Retired


MG Antonio M. Taguba served in the U.S. army for 34 years, retiring in 2007. Since leave the military, Taguba has been an AARP Community Ambassador. He is also President of TDLS Consulting, based in Alexandria, VA and Chairman of Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors (PPALM). He was a leader of the successful Filipino-American World War II Soldier Recognition Project, which advocated for a Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino American veterans of the Second World War.