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  1. 1. FROM: accordance with Federal Laws provided For Educational and Information Purposes – i.e. of PUBLIC InterestAsian-American soldier was forced by comrades tocrawl 100m on gravel while being pelted with rockshours before he killed himself  Private Danny Chen, 19, found dead on duty in October  Allegedly bullied by other soldiers who joked about him  New doubts on whether he actually committed suicide  Chens family say he was mocked and pelted with rocksBy Ellen ConnollyLast updated at 11:22 AM on 6th January 2012The parents of a New York City Army private who committed suicide in Afghanistan havebeen told distressing new details of the racial bullying and mistreatment their son endured atthe hands of his comrades.A spokeswoman for Chen’s parents said investigators told them that on the day of his death, hewas forced to crawl 100 metres on gravel with his equipment on as fellow GIs threw rocks athim.Speaking through an interpreter, his mother said her 19-year-old son was called dragon ladyand derogatory phrases.Soldiers made him give orders in Chinese while they mocked him. He was also forced to domultiple push-ups and sprints.
  2. 2. Distraught: The family of dead soldier Danny Chen reveal grim new details of their sons racial bullying at thehands of his fellow GIsPrivate Danny Chen, who grew up in New Yorks Chinatown area, was found dead in a guardtower at Combat Outpost Palace on October 3 after apparently committing suicide.Eight U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been charged in connection with multiplecounts of negligent homicide, assault and involuntary manslaughter.Chen’s parents met with Army officials at the Fort Hamilton base in Brooklyn, where Armyofficers released the results of their investigation.They later held a news conference where they revealed the distressing new details.On the day of his death, Chen was forced to crawl on gravel while soldiers threw rocks at him.Scroll down for videos
  3. 3. Death: Private Danny Chen, 19, of New York, was found dead in a guard tower at Combat Outpost Palace onOctober 3 after apparently committing suicideIn action: Sergeant Travis F. Carden was one of eight soldiers chargedHe was separately taunted and mocked, all because he was the only Chinese-American in hisunit, said Elizabeth OuYang, a spokeswoman for the family.
  4. 4. Almost immediately after he arrived, Danny was required to do exercises, which quickly,within a few days, crossed over into abuse, she said.The alleged anti-Asian bullying and taunting started during basic training when fellow soldiersused a mocking accent while calling him Jackie Chen; others allegedly told him to go back toChina.On September 27, OuYang said a sergeant dragged Chen out of bed and over gravel, which lefthim with shoulder bruises and cuts on his back. The top two leaders of the platoon knew aboutthis, she said, but chose not to report it.Justice: The family of Danny Chen who is believed to have commited suicide after alleged abuse by eightAmerican soldiers are determined to see justice doneHis mother, who wept throughout the conference, told reporters that the pain of her only sonsdeath still has not subsided.His father urged that the trial of eight fellow soldiers, for an array of counts from dereliction ofduty to negligent homicide, should be held in the United States, not in Afghanistan.The family has been through absolute hell, OuYang added. They must have the right to facethose who are found guilty.The family also is awaiting answers from 25 questions they asked the Army, they said, whichpromised a response by January 13.Investigations continue into Chens death. It is now no longer clear whether Private Chen, whowas from the Chinatown area of Manhattan did in fact take his own life.
  5. 5. Hundreds of supporters held a vigil recently after demanding officials address the treatment ofAsians in the military, reported MSNBC.His cousin Banny Chen read out a letter sent by Private Chen in February at the vigil lastThursday, which said: ‘Everyone knows me by Chen’.Sadness: A portrait of U.S. Army Private Danny Chen is displayed during his funeral procession in New York onOctober 13 after his death in AfghanistanGrieving: The casket of Private Danny Chen is carried by an honour guard during a funeral procession in NewYork two months ago
  6. 6. Watch: Private Chen was found dead in October in a guard tower in southern Afghanistans Kandahar province(file picture)‘They ask if Im from China a few times a day,’ he wrote. ‘They also call out my name Chen ina goat-like voice sometimes for no reason.They ask if Im from China a few times a day. They also call out my nameChen in a goat-like voice sometimes for no reasonDanny Chen (Feb 2011)‘People crack jokes about Chinese people all the time. Im running out of jokes to come back atthem.’Around 400 people were at the vigil and march in Manhattan as Occupy Wall Street protestersalso got involved.Asian Pacific Americans civil rights group OCA has expressed outrage at what happened andhave their own theory on why he was allegedly abused.
  7. 7. Conference: The OCAs Elizabeth OuYang speaks in New York on Wednesday while Private Chens parents, YanTao Chen, left, and Su Zhen Chen, right, listenRemembered: Danny Chen is pictured with his family in an emotional video which features his friends andrelatives asking: What happened to Danny?
  8. 8. Answers: Hundreds of supporters held a vigil last week after demanding officials address the treatment of Asiansin the military‘They did it because they knew that there was an environment that they would get away withit,’ an OCA spokesman said, reported NBC New York.FAMILY ENCOURAGEDRelatives of Private Chen said they are encouraged to learn of the charges brought.His father Yen Tao Chen said the family realises he will never return, but the news gives ussome hope.First Lieutenant Daniel J. Schwartz, Staff Sergeant Blaine G. Dugas and Staff SergeantAndrew J. Van Bockel were all charged.Sergeant Adam M. Holcomb, Sergeant Jeffrey T. Hurst, Specialist Thomas P. Curtis, SpecialistRyan J. Offutt and Sergeant Travis F. Carden were also charged.All eight soldiers are of 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade CombatTeam, 25th Infantry Division.