Claire Lum Lee joined the Army in 1976 to become a Military Police Officer. She served her first tour of duty at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. In 1981 she left the Army and joined the local Police Department in Honolulu and worked as a police officer for 25 years.
In 2000 she decided to join the Army Reserves where she stayed until retiring in 2016 as a Non-Commissioner Officer In Charge Civil Affairs.
During her time in the Army Reserves, she was deployed in Iraq and other regions.
“When I got back from Iraq, I didn’t know what to do with all these uniforms,” Lum Lee said. “The battle dress uniforms and the casual dress uniforms had been phased out. The green and the tan uniforms had all been phased out and I couldn’t figure out what to do with them. I kept trying to throw them away but I couldn’t so I decided to make a quilt out of them,” Lum Lee said. “I did the same thing with my police uniforms when I was there.”
Lum Lee spent nearly 40 years in Honolulu and would often be deployed on exercises while in the Army Reserves. She not only spent time in Iraq but was also sent on exercises to The Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, and Korea.
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