Zhang lives a life of simplicity, purity and indifference to

 fame and fortune, serving as a role model for military officers, rank-and-file soldiers and veterans across the country, Xi said.

Zhang, a member of the CPC, was a soldier of Brigade 359 of the Northwest Field Army, o

ne of the main forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army during the Liberation War between 1945 and 1949.

He was honored by the Northwest Field Army several times for performing meritorious deeds as he braved enemy fire. He

was twice given the honorary title of Combat Hero. When he retired from the PLA, Zhang chose to work in the pov

erty-stricken mountainous areas in Laifeng, a remote county in Hubei province. He dedicated his life to the peo

ple, holding posts ranging from community-level government official to deputy manager of a local bank.

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