Charlie Two Shoes, Marine at last

29 Apr 2002 | Sgt. Arthur L. Stone

Tsui Chi Hsii was honored by 2d Marine Division at Julian C. Smith Hall here, when Maj. Gen. John F. Sattler, 2d Marine Division's commanding general, appointed him an "Honorary Marine."

The appointment makes Tsui the 18th person to receive the honor since the start of the program in 1992.

Tsui is better known as "Charlie Two Shoes" by Marines of Love Company, 3d Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. They adopted him as an eight-year-old boy in China after World War II.

Charlie stood proudly beside his wife, Jin Mie, and his children and grandchildren during the morning colors ceremony.

Sattler presented the citation that was issued by Marine Commandant Gen. James L. Jones.  The presentation, according to Charlie, brought to fruition a dream and nearly 60-years of dedication to the Marines and their core values.  Charlie said this helped keep him stay strong while living under the oppression of Chinese communism.

Marines of 2d Marine Division and about 60 of his closest Marine brothers, friends and family members, joined him for the celebration. Among those friends were old schoolmates from the American school that the Love Co. Marines paid for him to attend, and the former commanding officer of Love Co., retired Brig. Gen. Charles S. Robertson, then a captain.

"My fellow Marines, my brothers and sisters from World War II, and all those here today to honor me, I thank you," Charlie told his new Marine family.  "I want to thank my big brothers for their patience in teaching me, and my God for keeping me through my suffering.  It gave me the ability to testify all these years that Christianity and the Marine spirit really works."

Charlie stood proudly beside Sattler as the 2d Marine Division Band marched by rendering honors and playing "Anchors Aweigh" and the "Marines' Hymn."

"It's important to honor Charlie because of his devotion to the ideals that Marines hold dear," said Sattler.  "He persevered through tough times by living the Marine Corps' ethos of honor, courage and commitment.  His enduring character is an example for all Marines."