Wednesday, June 8, 2022

The MISLS Chinese Language Division























In 2020, the Chinese American World War II Veterans Recognition Project published National Recognition for Commendable Patriotism and Honor: The Chinese American Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Recipients in two volumes. Page 240 of volume one featured the 1945 graduating class of the Military Intelligence Service Language School’s Chinese Division at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

“They sent me to Fort Snelling to learn Japanese but when classes started it wasn’t Japanese. They taught us Mandarin instead. So they gave us a crash course in Mandarin because obviously they needed some Chinese speaking and Mandarin translating. So that’s how I happen to be at Fort Snelling.” — Larry Lew at the 10:34 mark in “Crossing Oceans in Service to Country”




















Ernest Kwok Hing Eng, Commanding Officer
Frank Wen-Han Chen, Instructor
Yuk Ow, Instructor

  1. Edward Chew
  2. Wellington Lum Chew (volume 1, page 68)
  3. Henry Sau Chin
  4. “William” Pung Wing Chin
  5. Howard Yen Chinn
  6. Yee Chow aka Elston Young
  7. “Norton” Nook Yuen Chu
  8. Walther Chung
  9. Eddie Eng
10. Stanley Eng
11. Hoo Wah Gong
12. Wong Wah Guey
13. Tim George Jang
14. Larry Jew
15. Arthur Lee
16. Bing Lee
17. Jen Pak Lee
18. “William” Wei Yuen Lee
19. Kip Lew
20. Lawrence “Larry” Lew
21. “Sherman” Share Lew
22. James Lum (volume 1, page 249)
23. Wing Art Ng [draft card said Ng Wing Art]
24. “Wallace” Wah Fat Ng
25. Fong Pun Ning
26. Herbert Offen (Caucasian)
27. Walter Pang
28. Bing SooHoo
29. George Wong
30. Gin D. Wong
31. Kim Yoke Wong
32. Quon Wong
33. Richard Shang Wong [Shew “Richard” Shang Wong
34. “Robert” Kan Wong [enlisted as Wong Y. Kan; naturalized as Robert King Wong]
35. Sang Wong
36. “Harry” Shek Pang [Pong] Wong
37. Tom Wong
38. Wah F. Wong
39. Benjamin Wu
40. Hing Get Yee
41. Kenneth Foo Yee
42. Ngin Yuen Yee
43. “Edmund” Tung Kwun Yee
44. Quan Hong Yuen

Not pictured in class photograph
  1. Henry Hin Soon
  2. H. Yee



















The MISLS Album, page 130, listed two Chinese language class sections. 

Ch-1
  1. Chew, E. [Edward Chew]
  2. Chinn, H. [Howard Yen Chinn]
  3. Chow, Y. [Yee Chow aka Elston Young]
  4. Chu, N. [“Norton” Nook Yuen Chu]
  5. Eng, E. [Eddie Eng]
  6. Gong, H. [Hoo Wah Gong]
  7. Jew, L. [Larry Jew]
  8. Kan, W. [enlisted as Wong Y. Kan; naturalized as Robert King Wong]
  9. Lee, A. [Arthur Lee]
10. Lee, B. [Bing Lee]
11. Lee, J. [Jen Pak Lee]
12. Lee, W. [“William” Wei Yuen Lee]
13. Lew, L. [Larry Lew]
14. Ng, W. [“Wallace” Wah Fat Ng]
15. Ning, F. [Fong Pun Ning]
17. Wong, G. [George Wong]
18. Wong, G. [Gin D. Wong]
19. Wong, K. [Kim Yoke Wong]
20. Wong, S. [Sang Wong]
21. Wong, S. [“Harry” Shek Pang Wong]
22. Wong, T. [Tom Wong]
23. Yee, H. [not in class photograph]
24. Yee, K. [Kenneth Foo Yee]
25. Yee, N. [Ngin Yuen Yee]
26. Yee, T. [“Edmund” Tung Kwun Yee]
27. Yuen, Q. [Quan Hong Yuen]

Ch-2
  1. Get, Y. [draft card said Yee Hing Get; Hing Get Yee]
  2. Jang, T. [Tim George Jang]
  3. Lew, K. [Kip Lew]
  4. Lum, J. [James Lum]
  5. Offen, H. [Herbert Offen]
  6. Pang, W. [Walter Pang]
  7. Soo Hoo, B. [Bing Soo Hoo]
  8. Soon, H. [Henry Hin Soon; not in class photograph]

Students not listed The MISLS Album and presumably part of Ch-2
  1. Wellington Lum Chew
  2. Henry Sau Chin
  3. “William” Pung Wing Chin
  4. Walther Chung
  5. Stanley Eng
  6. Wong Wah Guey
  7. “Sherman” Share Lew
  8. Wing Art Ng [draft card said Ng Wing Art]
  9. Quon Wong
10. Wah F. Wong
11. Benjamin Wu


Further Viewing
Crossing Oceans in Service to Country” by Vivian Low, daughter of Robert Kan Wong
Interviews with Larry Jew, Larry Lew and George S. Wong




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

MISLS Students in “Fighting on All Fronts”























The Chinese Historical Society of America published the 2021 
book, Fighting on All Fronts: Profiles of World War II Chinese 
Americans from the Golden State, by Montgomery Hom. A
preview link, https://chsa.org/chinese-american-gi-book-preview/

The following MISLS students are mentioned. 

Page 36, 50: Won Loy Chan, G-2 Intelligence Officer
Page 52: Ernest K.H. Eng, Chinese Language Group
Page 215: Lim P. Lee, Post Master General, San Francisco

Congressional Gold Medal WWI Veterans
Page 217: Henry Sau Chin
Page 218: Tim G. Jang, Wong Y. Kan
Page 219: Lim P. Lee, Kip Lew, James Lum
Page 220: Jick Pon, Harlin S.G. Wong
Page 221: Kim Wong (might be Kim Y. Wong), Shek Pong Wong

Friday, May 3, 2019

MISLS Ephemera and Clippings




































Veterans of the Military Intelligence Service
Second National Reunion
November 8–11, 1966
Ambassador Hotel
Los Angeles, California
W. L. Chan
2614 41st N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Albert Lee
1344 Plymouth Avenue
San Francisco, California

Lim P. Lee
1036 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, California

Powell Lee
3916 Victoria
Los Angeles, California

Yin S. Tom
399 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California

Bertha Wong
2051 Kilakila Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii

Harlin Wong
6430 California Street
San Francisco, California

Robert Wong
1400 Folsom Street
San Francisco, California


Related Posts
About the Military Intelligence Service Language School
MISLS Registries and Album
Scrapbook of Oak T. “Lawrence” Jay
Profiles of the MISLS Students of Chinese and Korean Ancestry with Surname Beginning with C
Profiles of the MISLS Students of Chinese and Korean Ancestry with Surnames Beginning with D—K
Profiles of the MISLS Students of Chinese and Korean Ancestry with Surname Beginning with L
Profiles of the MISLS Students of Chinese and Korean Ancestry with Surnames Beginning with M—T
Profiles of the MISLS Students of Chinese and Korean Ancestry with Surnames Beginning with W—Y


Friday, March 22, 2019

Profiles of the MISLS Students of Chinese and Korean Ancestry with Surnames Beginning with W—Y

The Americans and aliens of Chinese and Korean ancestry are the focus of this project. The registries and album had their names and most of their Army serial numbers. Ancestry.com was used to locate many of them in the censuses, passenger lists, school yearbooks, city directories, military records etc. The National Archives’ Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File was a helpful in confirming information in the registries. Another source was the scrapbook of Oak T. “Lawrence” Jay, my father, who had photographs and ephemera of his time at the MISLS.


DUKYIL WHANG aka DAVID DUKYIL WHANG
(Japanese Language Division)
October 20, 1911, Korea – October 2, 1990, San Jose, California
full name and birth information on draft card

Family tree at Ancestry.com said Whang arrived September 22, 1927, in San Francisco, California

1940 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Saratoga, Santa Clara, California
Occupation: House Boy
Race: Korean

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Saratoga, California
Registration Date: October 16, 1940

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39135403
Residence: Saratoga, California
Enlistment: July 2, 1943, San Francisco, California
Camp Savage, July 1943
Release Date: Mach 18, 1946

Naturalized January 7, 1944, Minnesota; changed name to David Dukyil Whang

Family tree at Ancestry.com said Whang married on December 18, 1952, in Tokyo, Japan

Social Security Death Index
Find a Grave


FAY SHONG WONG
(Japanese Language Division)
Listing in The Registry for W. Fay who might be Fay Shong Wong.

1917, Toishan, China –








Passenger List
arrived August 14, 1934, Seattle, Washington from Hong Kong

Passenger List
arrived August 1937, Port Angeles, Washington from Victoria, British Columbia; employed as porter

Passenger List
arrived October 1937, Port Angeles, Washington from Victoria, British Columbia; employed as porter

Passenger List
arrived January 1, 1939, Port Angeles, Washington from Victoria, British Columbia; employed as porter

Passenger List
arrived February 1, 1939, Port Angeles, Washington from Victoria, British Columbia; employed as porter

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39473506
Residence: Thurston County, Washington
Enlistment: April 7, 1944, Fort Lewis, Washington
Fort Snelling, 1944?; graduated May 19, 1945

World War II Hospital Admission
Admission: April 1944
Diagnosis: Reaction to Typhoid and paratyphoid vaccine


GEORGE S. WONG

(Chinese Language Division)

World War II Serial Number:
Fort Snelling, December 1944





















1949 Blue and Gold
University of California, Berkeley






























GIN D.
WONG
(Chinese Language Division)
World War II Serial Number: 32787187
Fort Snelling, December 1944
(He is not Gin Dan Wong, the architect who died in 2017.)


HARLIN SEEGEE WONG
(Japanese Language Division)
October 10, 1915, Canton, China – November 16, 1994, San Francisco, California
Draft card said born October 10, 1915; Social Security Death Index said April 19, 1914; Social Security application said October 10, 1916












1940 U.S. Federal Census
Home: New York, New York
Home in 1935: Minnesota
Occupation: Painter, WPA
Education: 4 years of college

World War Draft Registration
Residence: New York, New York
Registration: October 16, 1940, New York, New York

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39839185
Residence: San Francisco, California
Enlistment: May 9, 1942, San Francisco, California
Fort Snelling, 1944?; graduated May 19, 1945

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 7, 1942
page 3
11th Special Service Unit at Camp Bowie Is One of Army’s Most Unusual Outfits
Members include Salesmen, Athletic Instructors, Actors, Movie Men, Truck Drivers.

8,000 Books in Library.

The library groups’ 8,000 books—ranging from Shakespeare to the latest “whodunit”—are divided into four units. Some of the books are of the standard size and binding, but most of them ar the smaller “pocketbook” edition. One of the librarians, Pvt. Harlin Wong, New York City, is a native of Canton, China, and is a well known artist.
Dallas Morning News
(Texas)
March 7, 1943
Soldier-Artists Are Fighting a War, and—
Smart Uncle Sam Helps Them Go on with Their Painting

... Cpl. Harlan S. Wong of Camp Bowie is now painting a huge mural for the service club there. Trained at the Minneapolis Art Institute and the New York Art Students League. ...
Consular Report of Marriage
Name: See Gee Wong [Harlin S G Wong]
Birth: Wong Dee Lee, Chu Gin, Toishan, Kwangtung, China
Spouse's name: Basalle Tse
Spouse's Birth Place: Canton, China
Marriage: February 10, 1947, 27 Fook Hing Road, Shameen, Canton, China

Passenger List
arrived May 19, 1947 with war bride, Basalle Tse, in San Francisco, California from Hong Kong

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Interpreter

The Northern California District of the Communist Party: Structure, Objectives, Leadership
Hearings before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives
Eighty-sixth Congress, Second Session
Part 1 May 1, 1960

page 1927
With the assistance of Mr. Stephen K. Louie and Mr. Harlin Wong, of the San Francisco office of the Customs Service, Mr. Fishman focused particular attention on the influx into California of Communist propaganda from the mainland of China and North Korea.
page 1934
Testimony of Irving Fishman, Harlin Wong and Stephen K. Louie
page 1936
To refer very briefly on the overall affect of the overseas Chinese propaganda effort, I have asked Mr. Harlin Wong, of the San Francisco office, to comment on this issue.
page 1947
Mr. Arens: I should like, if it meets with the chairman’s approval, to interrogate briefly Mr. Wong, who is Mr. Fishman’s associate, on one facet of this problem.

Mr. Willis: Proceed.

Mr. Arens: Mr. Wong, you have been sworn by the chairman on this record.

Mr. Wong. Yes, sir.

Mr. Arens. Would you kindly move closer to the microphone? I am sure the committee cannot hear you, Mr. Wong.

Would you give us, please, sir, just a word of your own personal background?

Mr. Wong. I have been employed by the United States Customs Service for 4 years, and previous to that I was employed at the Immigration Service as an interpreter.

Mr. Arens. For purposes of identification, you are of Chinese extraction?

Mr. Wong. That is right.

Mr. Arens. And you read the Chinese language ?

Mr. Wong. Yes, sir.

Mr. Arens. I take it that part of your duty, if not all of your duty, is to maintain a look-out on the processing of the Red Chinese Communist propaganda which is being beamed via, this port of entry; is that correct?

Mr. Wong. That is right.

Mr. Arens. Mr. Wong, I would suggest in the interest of brevity that you proceed at your own pace to tell the committee the significant items of information which, in your judgment, ought to be on this public record.

Mr. Wong. I am assigned to the Restricted Merchandise Unit here in San Francisco as a reviewer of printed materials in the Chinese language. I have been asked to comment on the effect of the Chinese publications sent to the United States, intended for distribution among people of Chinese origin.

There has been a great deal of material, mostly anti-American, and a general discussion of many kinds and types imported would take a great deal of time. I would, however, like to mention one particular phase of this program.

This has to do with the effort made by the Communist line to explain to overseas Chinese that the Govenrment of China affords excellent opportunity for overseas Chinese returning to China and that their problems can be made quite simple for both these returned Chinese and their families.

Mr. Arens. Mr. Wong, do you live in San Francisco?

Mr. Wong. Yes, sir.

Mr. Arens. What is the effect, if you are able to tell us, of the propaganda which is emanating from Red China, let us say on the first generation Americans of Chinese ancestry ?

Mr. Wong. Well, the effect has been considerable. Most Chinese, prior to 1954, did not like the Government of China because of the
page 1948
fact that they were blackmailed and the members of their families tortured. But since they feel by reading this propaganda that the present regime is interested in their welfare, that they don’t have unemployment in China — they feel that China is very good.

I heard some Chinese remark “Who says the Government of China is no good?”

Mr. Arens. The Chinese propaganda coming into the country, and I say this facetiously, of course, does not reveal the commune system which is in existence there, in which families are split up; it doesn’t reveal the millions which have been destroyed, body and soul, by this awful regime in Red China, does it?

Mr. Wong. Well, not generally.

Mr. Arens. Describe a commune, Mr. Wong?

Mr. Wong. A Commune is an organization formed in a particular district or area of China in an attempt to maintain economic self-sufficiency. that is people live together, work together, for the greater part of the day, and they have just barely enough to live by.

Mr. Arens. Are they forced to do so, or is it a voluntary process?

Mr. Wong. Normally they are supposed to enroll according to their own will, but pressure is exerted against them for them to join.

Mr. Arens. Mr. Wong, do you have any other comment you would like to make on this record before we proceed to other matters?

Mr. Wong. No.
https://archive.org/details/northerncaliforn1192unit/page/30

p1951: Mr. Arens. Mr. Chairman, I believe Mr. Wong has an additional comment he wanted to make, if you please.

Mr. Wong. Sir, a little while ago you asked me if the Chinese here in the United States know of the communes. What I was saying is that they don’t actually know the inner organization of the communes, but they have heard of the communes.

The Communist Government is very subtle in hiding what they actually have to do in a commune. All the Chinese Government tells them is that in a commune system they live very well and have nurseries taking care of their children and that their wives are free for work, for construction, and that they are living in government quarters, eating in communal mess halls, and they have no worries.
Polk’s San Francisco City Directory 1966
Harlin S Wong (Twenty-seventh Avenue Market)
6430 California (home)
Basalle T (wife)

Veterans of the Military Intelligence Service
Second National Reunion, November 8–11, 1966
Harlin Wong
6430 California Street
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Chronicle, June 25, 1971
page 3: photograph of Wong with caption, Harlin Wong checked out a box. Customs inspector gave his OK.

Social Security application said in January 1938 name listed as Harlin Seegee Wong; on October 28,  1982 name listed as Harlin See Gee Wong; on December 10, 1994 name listed as Harlin S Wong

Social Security Death Index

American Journal of Public Health, May 2010
Harlin’s son, Winston Wong, MD
Leveling the Field
… Born and raised in San Francisco, he witnessed the bifurcated, bicultural worlds that many populations experience in America. His father, Harlin Wong, immigrated to the United States in the 1920s from rural southern China. After serving in the US Army during World War II, his father was a government interpreter and drug enforcement agent during the day, while spending nights and weekends as a butcher in the family grocery store that Winston's mother Basalle ran. Winston witnessed his parents’ hardships as well as the distinct culture and poverty of the Chinatown ghetto. He drew parallels between what he saw and the calls for equal justice in the movements for civil rights and against the Vietnam war. This knowledge made him acutely aware of the chasm between mainstream and minority.
Fighting on All Fronts: Profiles of World War II Chinese Americans from the Golden State
Montgomery Hom
Chinese Historical Society of America, 2021
Page 220


KIM YOKE WONG

(Chinese Language Division)
November 11, 1906, Canton, China – August 12, 1981, Monterey, California
full name and birth information on draft card

Passenger List
arrived May 23, 1927, San Francisco, California from Hong Kong

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Salinas, California
Registration Date: October 16, 1940

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39088086
Residence: Monterey, California
Enlistment: January 30, 1942, Presidio of Monterey, California
Fort Snelling, December 1944
Release Date: June 12, 1946

Chinese in Minnesota
Sherri Gebert Fuller
Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009
page 37 sidebar
Fort Snelling Military Intelligence Service Language School

During World War II, sons of Chinese immigrants trained at the War Department’s Military intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) at Camp Savage and later at Fort Snelling. These young men were organized as students in training companies and were later assigned to specific units upon graduation.
The division director was First Lieutenant Ernest K. H. Eng, and Staff Sergeants included Wong Kan, Frank Chen and Yuk Ow.
In 1945 the regiment compiled a Fort Snelling Memoir Book.

…talent scout gives Kim Wong, Shek Wong and Big Lee the once over…
California, Death Index
Kim Yoke Wong, August 12, 1981, Monterey

Fighting on All Fronts: Profiles of World War II Chinese Americans from the Golden State
Montgomery Hom
Chinese Historical Society of America, 2021
Page 221


KUO H. WONG

(Japanese Language Division)
World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 35415268
Fort Snelling, February 1944

There may have been a transcription error on the surname Wong. There was a Kuo Hua Wang born August 23, 1900 or 1901 in China. He served in the Army from September 5, 1942 to June 7, 1946. He passed away January 5, 1982 in San Francisco.


QUON GEE WONG
(Chinese Language Division)
October 2, 1908, Oakland, California – November 21, 1987, San Francisco, California
full name and birth information on draft card

1930 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Placer, California

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: San Francisco, California
Registration Date: October 16, 1940

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39010451
Residence: San Francisco, California
Enlistment Date: July 21, 1941
Enlistment Place: San Francisco, California

Quon Gee Wong, Tec 4, Army


“RICHARD” SHEW SHANG WONG
(Chinese Language Division)
July 18, 1925, Canton, China – 

World War II Draft Registration
Name: Wong Shew Shang
Residence Place: Seattle, Washington
Registration Date: July 19, 1943

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39216166
Fort Snelling, December 1944



“ROBERT” KAN WONG
(Chinese Language Division)
September 24, 1915, Har Duey, China – September 29, 1980, San Francisco, California





















World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 38013459
Name: Wong Y Kan
Residence: Cass, North Dakota
Enlistment Date: January 17, 1946 [reenlisted]
Enlistment Place: Yankton, South Dakota
I Dream of Genealogy: Kan, Wong Y; T/Sergeant; Military Intelligence Service 

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Fargo, North Dakota
Occupation: Manager, Ice Cream Store

Naturalized July 9, 1963, King Yee Wong

Called to Rise: Timeline of Chinese Americans in World War II
click arrow to Robert Kan Wong pages

Crossing Oceans in Service to Country” by Vivian Low (Wong’s daughter)

Chinese in Minnesota
Sherri Gebert Fuller
Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009
page 37 sidebar
Fort Snelling Military Intelligence Service Language School

During World War II, sons of Chinese immigrants trained at the War Department’s Military intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) at Camp Savage and later at Fort Snelling. These young men were organized as students in training companies and were later assigned to specific units upon graduation. 

The division director was First Lieutenant Ernest K. H. Eng, and Staff Sergeants included Wong Kan, Frank Chen and Yuk Ow.
Fighting on All Fronts: Profiles of World War II Chinese Americans from the Golden State
Montgomery Hom
Chinese Historical Society of America, 2021
Page 218


SANG WONG
(Chinese Language Division)
September 1, 1914, Canton, China – January 12, 1985, San Francisco, California
full name and birth information on draft card

Passenger List
arrived April 22, 1936, Seattle, Washington from Hong Kong; passenger list said birthplace was Hoi Ping

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: West Hartford, Connecticut
Registration: October 16, 1940, Hartford, Connecticut

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 31460991
Residence: Hartford, Connecticut
Enlistment: March 31, 1944, Fort Devens, Massachusetts

Naturalized November 16, 1965, California


SHEK PONG WONG
(Chinese Language Division)
September 20, 1912, Toishan, China – November 26, 1988, San Francisco, California
1928 and 1934 passenger lists said his birthplace was Sunning

Passenger List
arrived March 22, 1928, San Francisco, California from Hong Kong

Passenger List
arrived September 26, 1934, San Francisco, California from Hong Kong

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 32400703
Residence: Bronx, New York
Enlistment: July 7, 1942, Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York
Fort Snelling, December 1944

Chinese in Minnesota
Sherri Gebert Fuller
Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009
page 37 sidebar
Fort Snelling Military Intelligence Service Language School

During World War II, sons of Chinese immigrants trained at the War Department’s Military intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) at Camp Savage and later at Fort Snelling. These young men were organized as students in training companies and were later assigned to specific units upon graduation.

The division director was First Lieutenant Ernest K. H. Eng, and Staff Sergeants included Wong Kan, Frank Chen and Yuk Ow.

In 1945 the regiment compiled a Fort Snelling Memoir Book.

…talent scout gives Kim Wong, Shek Wong and Big Lee the once over…
Naturalization: February 24, 1960, San Francisco, California

California, Death Index
Shek P Wong, November 26, 1988, San Francisco

Fighting on All Fronts: Profiles of World War II Chinese Americans from the Golden State
Montgomery Hom
Chinese Historical Society of America, 2021
Page 221


TOM WONG

(Chinese Language Division)
July 31, 1923, China – 

World War II  Draft Registration
Residence: Augusta, Georgia
Registration Date: June 30, 1942, Augusta, Georgia

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 34939365
Enlistment: July 18, 1944, Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia
Fort Snelling, December 1944

Social Security Death Index
Name: Tom W. Wong [possible match]
Birth Date: July 29, 1923 [draft card said 31]
Issue State: Georgia
Last Residence: People’s Republic of China
Death Date: July 15, 1998


WAH F. WONG
(Chinese Language Division)


HENRY WOO
(Japanese Language Division)

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number:
Camp Savage, July 1943; graduated May 19, 1945

















BENJAMIN WU
(Chinese Language Division)
August 15, 1916, Bakersfield, California – February 22, 1953, California
full name and birth information on draft card

1930 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Berkeley, California
Institution: Chang Mei Home

1940 U.S. Federal Census
Home: San Jose, California
Occupation: Cook and Secretary

World War II Draft Registration
Residence Place: Milpitas, California
Registration Date: October 16, 1940

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39091649
Enlistment Date: March 6 1942, Presidio of Monterey
Fort Snelling, December 1944


HING GET YEE
(Chinese Language Division)
August 5, 1910, Tik Toy, China – 

World War II Draft Registration
Name: Yee Hing Get
Home: Detroit, Michigan
Registration: October 16, 1940, Detroit, Michigan

World War II Navy Muster Roll
Name: Yee H Get, T/5, 36540083
Ship: General John Pope, AP-110
Muster Date: July 27, 1944

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 36540083
Fort Snelling, December 1944
I Dream of Genealogy: Get, Yee H; Military Intelligence Service



H. YEE
(Chinese Language Division)
World War II Enlistment
Serial Number:
Fort Snelling, December 1944


KENNETH FOO YEE
(Chinese Language Division)
June 16, 1925, San Francisco, California – August 3, 2003, Massachusetts

English High School, Boston, Massachusetts
graduated 1943; Third Regiment



















World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Boston, Massachusetts
Registration: June 16, 1943, Boston, Massachusetts

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 31425898
Residence: Boston, Massachusetts
Enlistment: December 2, 1943, Boston, Massachusetts
Fort Snelling, December 1944
Release Date: August 29, 1946

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Boston, Massachusetts

1951, University of Massachusetts








University of Massachusetts Commencement 1951
Candidates for Degree of Bachelor of Science
Kenneth F. Yee

University of Massachusetts Bulletin: Annual Undergraduate Catalogue, 1953–1954
Amherst, Massachusetts
page 263: Degrees Conferred 1952
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Kenneth F. Yee

1957 Boston, Massachusetts, City Directory
Name: Kenneth F Yee
Street address: 48 Hudson

Social Security application said, in October 1946, name listed as Kenneth Foo Yee; on August 7, 2003 name listed as Kenneth F Yee.

(Massachusetts)
August 7, 2003
Yee, Kenneth F. of Boston, Aug. 3, 2003. Beloved brother of the late Donald, as well as Ronald D. Yee of So. Weymouth, Wendell F. Yee of Watertown, Virginia Laime of ME, Linda L. Yee of Weymouth, Nancy L. Wong of Randolph, and Susan G. Woo of Randolph. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours in the Chapel of the Louis M. Kfoury Funeral Home, 420 Harvard St., (between Beacon St. and Commonwealth Ave.), Brookline, Thursday 6-8 PM, followed by the Funeral Service at 8 PM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment MA National Cemetery. Bourne. Mr. Yee was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II and past English secretary of the Yee Family Assoc. of Boston.

NGIN YUEN YEE
(Chinese Language Division)
August 15 or September 25, 1923, Toishan, China – April 19, 1996, Framingham, Massachusetts
Massachusetts, Death Index and Department of Veterans Affairs said August 15; draft card, Social Security application and Social Security Death Index said September 25; 1936 passenger list had birthplace

Passenger List
arrived August 4, 1936, Boston, Massachusetts from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Framingham, Massachusetts
Registration Date: June 30, 1942
Employer: Gee Sam Laundry

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 11113387
Residence: Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Enlistment: October 19, 1942, Boston, Massachusetts
Fort Snelling, December 1944
Release Date 1: May 15, 1946

Passenger List
arrived with war bride, Sau Hang Yee, in San Francisco, California on October 27, 1948 from Shanghai, China

Framingham, Massachusetts, City Directory
1953 and 1960 listings said he was an employee

(Massachusetts)
April 21, 1996
Ngin Jimmy Y. Yee of Framingham, April 19, 1996. Devoted husband of Sau Yee. Beloved father of Joe M. F. Yee and his wife Jeanne of Sher-[illegible] Kent J. Yee and his wife Betty of Hopkinton. Gong J. Yee and his wife An of Saudia Arabia Chang J. Yee of Billerica, Jeanne Chin and her husband Dr Albert Chin of Palo Alto, CA. Millie Lee and her husband Danny of Holliston. Boli Lee and her husband Jim of Jacksonville, FL. and the late Sally Lee Brother of Fay Gee of Winchester. Also survived by 16 Grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral from the Louis M. Ktoury Funeral Home, 420 Harvard St. at the intersection of Fuller St. (between Beacon St. and Commonwealth Ave.) Brookline. Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock and to the Burial Service at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain. Visiting hours Monday 2-4 and 7-9 P M. Late U. S. Army Veteran WWII and graduate of MIT School of Civil Engineering. 

TUNG KWUN YEE aka EDMUND T.K. YEE aka TED YEE
(Chinese Language Division)
December 15, 1917, Canton, China – June 19, 2009, San Francisco, California
full name and birth information on draft card; 1941 passenger list said birthplace was Toishan


















Passenger List
arrived March 13, 1941, San Francisco, California from Hong Kong

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: San Francisco, California
Registration Date: April 21, 1941

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39033802
Fort Snelling, December 1944
Residence: San Francisco, California
Enlistment: January 29, 1946
Release Date: April 8, 1947

Naturalization: August 23, 1960, San Francisco, California; birth year, 1918


DONALD YEP
(Japanese Language Division)
February 22, 1921, Minneapolis, Minnesota – July 24, 1981, San Francisco, California
full name and birth information on draft card
California, Death Index and Social Security Death Index have February 14 as birth date

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: San Francisco, California
Registration Date: February 16, 1942

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 19185190
Residence: San Francisco, California
Enlistment: November 2, 1942, San Francisco, California; served in Army Air Corps
Camp Savage, July 1943
Release Date: November 20, 1945

1959 San Francisco, California, City Directory
Name: Donald Yep
Street address: 961 Pacific Avenue
Occupation: Assistant Civil Engineer

California, Death Index
Name: Donald Yep, July 24, 1981, San Francisco
Social Security Death Index

San Francisco Chronicle
(California)
July 29, 1981 
Yep, Donald—In this city, July 24, 1981, Donald Yep; beloved husband of Ruth Yep; devoted father of John and Debbie Yep; father-in-law of Marsha Lee Yep; dear brother of Tom, Albert, George, Denny Yep and Daisy Yim; beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral service Friday, July 31, 1981 at 1 p.m. at the Chapels of Green Street Mortuary, 649 Green St. Visitation Thursday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Interment, Woodlawn Memorial Park, Colma. Donations to On Lok House, 1441 Powell St., S.F. preferred. 

DONG CHAN YI
(Japanese Language Division)
January 3, 1920, Honolulu, Hawaii – November 26, 2011, California
full name and birth information on draft card; enlistment record classified him as Japanese

Hawaii Birth Certificate
Name: Dong Chan Yi
Birth Date: January 3, 1920
Birthplace: Honolulu, Honolulu
Father: Yi Kiu Yuen
Mother: Martha Shong

1920 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Race: Korean

Passenger List
departed July 16, 1926, Honolulu, Hawaii to Korea

Passenger List
arrived August 19, 1938, Honolulu, Hawaii from Yokohama, Japan

1940 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Race: Korean

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii
Registration Date: July 1, 1941

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 30107723
Enlistment: January 3, 1944, Honolulu, Hawaii
Fort Snelling, February 1944

Passenger List
departed August 27, 1946, Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California

Crew List
Name: Dong Chan Yi
Race: Korean
Occupation: Japanese Interpreter
Ship: President Cleveland
Departure: Manila
Arrival: April 25, 1952, Honolulu, Hawaii

California Marriage Index
Marriage: June 26, 1953, Los Angeles, California
Spouse: Sallie L. Dunn

1968 California Voter Registration
Street Address: Geraldine Rd 10612, Orange, California
Party: Democrat

Find a Grave


KENNETH WON MARN YOON
(Japanese Language Division)
May 17, 1917, Honolulu, Hawaii – February 27, 2012, ?
full name and birth information on draft card

Hawaii Birth Certificate
Name: Kenneth Won Marn Yoon
Birth Date: May 17, 1917
Birthplace: Honolulu, Oahu
Father: Yoon Chang Nock
Mother: Park Duck Nock

Passenger List
arrived September 5, 1938, Los Angeles, California from Honolulu, Hawaii; hand-written notation, file #4333/18867, Korean

Passenger List
arrived October 18, 1938, Honolulu, Hawaii from Los Angeles, California

Passenger List
arrived September 1, 1939, Los Angeles, California from Honolulu, Hawaii

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii
Registration Date: October 16, 1940

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: O-432908 [officer]
Camp Savage, July 1943

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Probation officer
Industry: Territory Circuit Court
Married with two children

Social Security Death Index
Find a Grave


CHO G. YOUNG
(Japanese Language Division)

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 19136858
Fort Snelling, February 1944; graduated May 19, 1945










Possible match

1960 California Voter Registration
Name: Cho G. Young
Address: 801 E. Fredricks St. Barstow, San Bernardino, California
Party: Republican

Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File
Name: Cho Young
Birth: August 12, 1910
Death: May 25, 1998
Branch 1: Army
Enlistment: March 6, 1942
Release: October 25, 1945



QUAN HONG YUEN
(Chinese Language Division)
March 19, 1905, Honolulu, Hawaii – November 1, 1995, Honolulu, Hawaii

1928, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii







1930 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Race: Chinese

1933–1938, Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directories
Occupation: Assistant Chemist, Exp Sta HSPA

1940 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Chemist
Race: Chinese

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: O-253189 [officer]
Enlistment: December 7, 1941, Honolulu, Hawaii
Fort Snelling, December 1944
Release Date: July 23, 1946

Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II (2006)
page 227
In July CASA added Chinese-language classes in anticipation of landings on the coast of China. Capt. Quan H. Yuen, a Chinese American and the only officer to graduate from the MISLS Chinese course, taught the classes.
1947–1961, Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directories
Occupation: Chemist, Exp Sta HSPA

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Chemist
Married with two children

U.S. Army Register, Volume 1, 1951
page 1286: Quan H Yuen, Major, retired July 23, 1946

U.S. Army Register, Volume 2, 1966
page 422: Quan H Yuen, Major, retired July 23, 1946

U.S. Army Register, Volume 3, 1972
page 393: Quan H Yuen, Major, retired July 1946

1974 Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directory
Occupation: Retired

Social Security Death Index
Find a Grave
(Hawaii)
November 4, 1995
Quan Hong Yuen, 90, of Honolulu, died Nov. 1, 1995. He was born in Waipahu and was a retired major of the U.S. Army and World War II veteran. He was a chemist retired from Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association Experiment Station. Survived by wife, Foo Gin; sons, William and Stephen; daughter, Renee; two granddaughters; sisters, Kam In Chong and Bessie Nishida. Inurnment service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Columbarium. Aloha attire. No flowers; donations to Punahou School or a favorite charity.

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Profiles of the MISLS Students of Chinese and Korean Ancestry with Surnames Beginning with M—T

The Americans and aliens of Chinese and Korean ancestry are the focus of this project. The registries and album had their names and most of their Army serial numbers. Ancestry.com was used to locate many of them in the censuses, passenger lists, school yearbooks, city directories, military records etc. The National Archives’ Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File was a helpful in confirming information in the registries. Another source was the scrapbook of Oak T. “Lawrence” Jay, my father, who had photographs and ephemera of his time at the MISLS.


SEE CHEE MAK
October 21, 1919, China – November 17, 1975, San Francisco, California

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number 32488863
Residence: Burlington, New Jersey
Enlistment: January 25, 1943, Camden, New Jersey



WING ART NG
(Chinese Language Division)
January 10, 1906, Toyshan, China –

Passenger List
arrived October 29, 1940, Los Angeles, California from Hong Kong

World War II Draft Card
Name: Ng Wing Art
Residence: Phoenix, Arizona
Registration: October 16, 1940, Phoenix, Arizona

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39139328
Name: Ng Wing Art
Residence: Phoenix, Arizona
Enlistment: August 30, 1943, San Francisco, California

1950 United States Federal Census
Name: Wing Art Ng
Home: Phoenix, Arizona
Occupation: Proprietor, Grocery Store
Married with two children

1952 Phoenix, Arizona, City Directory
Name: Wing Art Ng
Street address: 417 W Sherman 8-5014
Occupation: 3 Wings Grocery

1954 Yuma City-County, Arizona Directory
Arkie’s Market (Wing Art Ng) 1816 8th Street


LEE WING NG
(Japanese Language Division)
February 10, 1919, China – December 30, 1980, Alameda, California

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39120701
Residence: Elko County, Nevada
Enlistment Date: January 18, 1943, San Francisco, California
Fort Snelling, December 1944
I Dream of Genealogy: Ng, Lee Wing; Military Intelligence Service

World War II Hospital Admission Card File
Admission: April 1944
Discharge: May 1944
Diagnosis: Tuberculosis, pulmonary, reinfection type, chronic, minimal, active

California, Death Index
Lee Wing Ng, December 30. 1980, Alameda


WALLACE FAT NG
(Chinese Language Division)
May 8, 1922, San Francisco, California – February 1, 2003, California
full name and birthplace on draft card

1930 United States Federal Census
Home: San Francisco, California

1940 U.S. Federal Census
Name: Wah Fat Ng
Home: San Francisco, California

1940 
Graduated Commerce High School, San Francisco, California


















World War II Draft Card
Residence: San Francisco, California
Registratio: June 30, 1942, San Francisco, California

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 19185276
Residence: San Francisco, California
Enlistment: November 5, 1942, San Francisco, California
Fort Snelling, December 1944

University of California, Berkeley
The Eighty-fifth Commencement, June 1948
Bachelor Chemistry
Wallace Fat Ng.....San Francisco


FONG PUN NING
(Chinese Language Division)
September 9, 1919, China – February 16, 2013, Cambridge, Massachusetts

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Boston, Massachusetts
Registration Date: October 16, 1940, Roxbury, Massachusetts

World War II Serial Number: 31294149
Residence: New York, New York
Enlistment: January 28, 1943, Boston, Massachusetts
Fort Snelling, December 1944
I Dream of Genealogy: Ning, Fong P; Military Intelligence Service

Cambridge, Massachusetts, City Directory
Name: Fong Pun Ning
Street address: 107 Oxford
Occupation: Employee, China House
Spouse: Mary Y Ning

Boston Herald, February 20, 2013
Ning, Fong Pun “George” of Cambridge, February 16, 2013. Beloved husband of Mary Y. (Wong). Loving father of Richard C. Ning of Bowie, MD; Leonard C. Ning of Norwell, MA; the late Sandra C. Baker and Stephen C. Ning. Brother of the late Chin Shek Chuan. A wonderful father-in-law to Wayne Baker, Yuet-fung Ho and Julianna Ning. Grandfather of Kelly Baker, Amy Kiely, Dain H. C. Ning, Julia C. Ning, Alison C. Ning and Alexandra N. Ning. Also survived by 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 2175 Mass Ave., Cambridge, on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. His Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home at 11:00 A.M., followed by burial with Military Honors at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Friday 4:00-8:00 P.M. Donations may be made to National WW II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, 70130; or to American Legion Boston Chinatown Post 328, Attn: David Ching, 181 Brighton Ave., Belmont, MA, 02478. Late WW II Army Veteran. For obituary, directions or to send a condolence visit www.keefefuneralhome.com
Cambridge Chronicle, February 20 to 27, 2013

Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project

Social Security Death Index
Find a Grave


CHUNG CHU OU? OW?
World War II Serial Number:
Fort Snelling, 1944











YUK OW
(Instructor, Chinese Language Division)
May 5, 1915, Canton, China – November 11, 1982, San Mateo, California
full name and birth information on draft card; 1929 passenger list said birthplace was Namhoi, Kwangtung, China

Passenger List
arrived July 24, 1929, San Francisco, California from Hong Kong

1940 United States Federal Census
Home: San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Occupation: Bookkeeper

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: San Francisco, California
Registration Date: October 16, 1940, San Francisco, California

World War II Enlistment 
Serial Number: 39048208
Residence: San Francisco, California
Enlistment: March 4, 1944, Presidio of Monterey, California
Fort Snelling, 1944–1945
Release Date: June 2, 1946
I Dream of Genealogy: Ow, Yuk; Staff Sergeant; from Headquarters Company Military Intelligence Service Language School

Chick Char Club, San Francisco, California


Chinese in Minnesota
Sherri Gebert Fuller
Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009
page 37 sidebar
Fort Snelling Military Intelligence Service Language School

During World War II, sons of Chinese immigrants trained at the War Department’s Military intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) at Camp Savage and later at Fort Snelling. These young men were organized as students in training companies and were later assigned to specific units upon graduation.
The division director was First Lieutenant Ernest K. H. Eng, and Staff Sergeants included Wong Kan, Frank Chen and Yuk Ow.
Chinese America: History and Perspectives 1988
Chinese American Studies: A Historical Survey
Him Mark Lai
page 17
Another outstanding historical researcher was Yuk Ow, who had meticulously culled a wide range of English and Chinese sources for historical information on the Chinese of California since the 1950s. His research was especially strong with respect to biographies and institutions. Ow’s major work was A History of the Sam Yup Benevolent Association in the United States, 1850–1974 (1974), which includes biographies of notable Sam Yup individuals in America. This work, based primarily on his research notes and the records of the association dating back to 1881, is an excellent example of the possibilities of scholarly research using published documents, primary sources, and oral histories. Ow’s death in 1982 deprived the Chinese American community of further results of his research.
Chinese Overseas: Migration, Research and Documentation
Tan Chee-Beng, Chee Beng Tan, Colin Storey, Julia Zimmerman
Chinese University Press, 2007
page 394
1. Yuk Ow Collection (Asian Amer AAS ARC 2000/70)
An early pioneer in Chinese American historical studies, Yuk Ow was a librarian and translator who devoted much of his life to collecting and researching Chinese American history and materials.
Ethnic Studies Library
University of California Berkeley
歐玉 Yuk Ow Collection AAS ARC 2000/70

Social Security Death Index
Find a Grave


KI PYOK PAK aka KI BUCK PARK
(Japanese Language Division)
June 24, 1915, Korea – June 2, 1999, California
full name and birth information from draft card

Passenger List
arrived December 30, 1939, Los Angeles from Yokohama, Japan

World War II Draft Registration
Name: Ki Pyok Pak
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Registration Date: October 16, 1940, Los Angeles, California

World War II Enlistment 
Serial Number: 39564592
Name: Ki B. Park
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Enlistment: March 8, 1943, Los Angeles, California
Fort Snelling, July 1943

Naturalized January 7, 1944; Ki Pyok Pak changed name to Ki Buck Park; Company D, Barracks J, Camp Savage, Minnesota

Passenger List
arrived August 1945, Honolulu, Hawaii from Saipan

California Marriage Index
Name: Ki B Park
Marriage: April 2, 1955, Los Angeles, California
Spouse: Boo Y Kim

Social Security Death Index


LLOYD CHIN MYUNG PAK
(Japanese Language Division)
July 13, 1926, Waialua, Hawaii – December 22 or 23, 1978, Los Angeles, California
full name and birth information on draft card

Passenger List
departed December 12, 1927, Honolulu, Hawaii bound for Yokohama, Japan and Korea

Passenger List
arrived May 4, 1941, Honolulu, Hawaii from Yokohama, Japan

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Wahiawa, Hawaii
Registration Date: July 17, 1944, Hawaii

World War II Enlistment 
Serial Number: 30111745
Residence: Hawaii
Enlistment: September 15, 1944, Hawaii
Fort Snelling, February 1945
Release Date: August 20, 1946
Enlistment Date: 25 July 25, 1967
Release Date: March 19, 1969

Consular Report of Marriage
Spouse: Ock Kim Soo
Marriage Date: November 9, 1946
Marriage Place: Chungdong Methodist Church, Seoul, Korea

Passenger List
arrived July 15, 1948, Honolulu, Hawaii from Inchon, Korea; Pak traveled with his wife and seven-month-old son

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Upholstery Man, Upholstery Business
Married with one son

World War II Hospital Admission Card File
Admission: June 1953
Discharge: June 1953
Overseas: Dispensary, other
Diagnosis: Gastroenteritis acute, 2 yrs +

1954 Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directory
Address: 3064b Kanu
Occupation: US Army

1965 Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directory
Address: 279 Mokauea
Occupation: US Army

1969 Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directory
Address: 2423G Rose St
Occupation: US Army

California, Death Index
Name: Lloyd Chinmyung Pak
Birth Date: July 13, 1926
Birth Place: Hawaii
Death Date: December 23, 1978
Death Place: Los Angeles

Social Security Death Index

Veterans’ Gravesite
Name: Lloyd CM Pak
Service Info.: T4 US Army World War II, Korea
Birth Date: July 13, 1926
Death Date: December 22, 1978
Cemetery: Riverside National Cemetery, Section 7 Site 749


ROBERT FAT PANG aka ROBERT S.F. PANG
(Japanese Language Division)
December 18, 1908, Honolulu, Hawaii – January 28, 1987, Hawaii
full name and birth information on draft card; date of death from the Department of Veterans Affairs

1932 University of Hawaii








1937 Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directory
Robert F Pang, 1810 Fort

1940 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Salesman

Passenger List
arrived December 4, 1940, Honolulu, Hawaii from San Francisco, California

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Honolulu, Hawaii
Registration Date: October 16, 1940, Hawaii

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: O-299337
Enlistment Date: December 31, 1941
Camp Savage, June 1942
Release Date: January 19, 1946
I Dream of Genealogy: Pang, Robert; Military Intelligence Service

Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II (2006)
page 52
[61] …The Chinese American reserve officers were 1st Lt. Robert F. Pang and 2nd Lt. Won Loy Chan.
page 142
From time to time the Army would send Chinese Americans to the MISLS for Japanese-language training. The first class at Crissy Field included two Chinese American reserve officers, Won Loy Chan and Robert F. Pang.
1947 Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directory
Robert F Pang, 1810 Fort
Occupation: General Store, 1204 S Beretania

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Occupation: Landlord

1954 Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directory
Robert F Pang, 1810 Fort
Occupation: King-Fort Smoke Shop

1955 Honolulu, Hawaii, City Directory
Robert F Pang, 1810 Fort
Occupation: Kingfort Magazine Shop

Honolulu Advertiser, May 23, 1966
page 26
Winnifred Pang Weds Wallace Fumio Aoki
Winnifred Kam Yit Pang and Wallace Fumio Aoki were married May 15 at Central Union Church.

Parents of the bride are Mrs. Richard S. Y. Pang and the late Mr. Pang. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Satoru Aoki.

Robert S. F. Pang, uncle of the bride, escorted her to the altar. …
1969 Polk’s Directory of City and County of Honolulu
Occupation: Beretania-Bethel Magazine

1974 Polk’s Directory of City and County of Honolulu
Robert S F Pang, l436 Konia Street
Occupation: Beretania-Bethel Magazine

Social Security Death Index


WALTER SUN PANG
(Chinese Language Division)
November 9, 1922, Cairo, Illinois – May 20, 2007, Tamms, Illinois











Passenger List
arrived March 28, 1927, Seattle, Washington from Hong Kong

Passenger List
arrived August 23, 1930, Seattle, Washington from Hong Kong

Passenger List
arrived March 19, 1935, Seattle, Washington from Hong Kong

1940 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Cairo, Alexander, Illinois
Occupation: self-employed assistant manager, laundry
Race: Chinese

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Cairo, Illinois
Registration Date: November 19, 1945 [reenlisted]

World War II Serial Number: 16054326
Enlistment: March 2,1942, Peoria, Illinois
Fort Snelling, 1944
Release Date: November 15, 1945
I Dream of Genealogy: Pang, Walter S; Military Intelligence Service

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Mound City, Illinois
Occupation: Laborer
Married with one daughter

1999 Annual Return of Cairo No. 237, Cairo, Illinois, District 18 S
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois
Alphabetical Listing of Members
page 3: Walter Sun Pang

Paducah Sun, May 22, 2007
Tamms, Ill. — Services for Walter S. Pang, 84, of Tamms will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crain Funeral Home with the Rev. Kelly Cox officiating. Burial with military rites will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola.

He died at 1:55 p.m. Sunday at his home.

Mr. Pang was a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He served for three terms as Mayor of Tamms and on the Governors Task Force on Aging. He was a 50-year member of the Cairo Masonic Lodge, where he was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Ainad Shrine, V.F.W. in Cairo, the American Legion Post 406, A.A.R.P., and a lifetime member of the Clifford-Mills-Clendenin Post 2649.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Pang; two daughters, Linda Benner of Muncie, Ind., and Kim Strich of Indianapolis; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and his parents.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Masonic rites set for 7:30 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Shriners Hospital in St. Louis.
Southeast Missourian, May 22, 2007
Tamms, Ill.—Walter S. Pang, age 84, of Tamms, died Sunday, May 20, 2007 at his home.

He was born on Nov. 9, 1922, in Cairo, Ill., to Harry and Lin Lee (Gee) Pang. He married Wanda Hale on Feb. 29, 1948.

Pang was a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 1983 as Assistant Chief of the Midwest. He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Aleutian Islands and attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a member of the Cairo Masonic Lodge No. 237 AF&AM, a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Ainad Shrine. He was a member of the Clifford-Mills-Clendenin Post 2649, Veterans of Foreign Wars where he had served twice as Post Commander. He also served as 15th District Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the American Legion Post 406 in Cairo, Ill. He served 3 terms as mayor of Tamms and was on the Governor's Task Force on Aging. He was a Methodist.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Linda Benner of Muncie, Ind., and Kim Strich of Indianapolis; two sisters, Mamie of Taiwan and Judy Chung of Portland, Ore.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six brothers.

Friends may call at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, with Masonic rites at 7:30 p.m. by the Cairo Masonic Lodge No. 237, AF&AM.

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Kelly Cox will officiate, with burial in St. Johns Cemetery with full military honors by a ritual team made up of area veterans groups sponsored by the Pulaski County Post 8891, VFW.
Alexander County Illinois Genealogy Trails
Salute to Veterans
A Special Veterans Day Edition of the Cairo Citizen,
November 5, 2009 and individual contributions
Pang, Walter S., U. S. Army--Walter S. Pang served in the infantry, Military Intelligence, Engineer and Personal Management, rising through the ranks to Sergeant Major (the highest enlisted rank in the Army), before retiring in 1975. Sgt. Maj. Pang served as an MG gunner, Engineer Chief of Detail in Artillery and Personnel Management. During World War II, Pang served in the Pacific Theater, participating in operations on the Aleutian Islands. Pang was awarded the American Campaign Medal and Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Medal and Ribbon with one bronze star, Good conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army Reserve Medal, Kentucky Meritorious Service Medal and Indiana Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Social Security Death Index
Find a Grave photograph


JICK PON
(Japanese Language Division)
August 26, 1923, Tung-Young Lay, China – September 18, 1993, Los Angeles, California
full name and birth information on draft card; 1934 and 1948 passenger lists said his birthplace was Hoiping

Passenger List
arrived November 24, 1934, Los Angeles, California from Hong Kong

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Registration Date: June 30, 1942

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39735408
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Enlistment: January 22, 1945, Fort MacArthur San Pedro, California
Fort Snelling, 1944–1945
I Dream of Genealogy: Pon, Jick; Military Intelligence Service

Passenger List
arrived June 30, 1948 with war bride, Yuet Yui Tse, San Francisco, California from Hong Kong

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: blank
Married with two children

1958 California Voter Registration
Address: W 52nd Street, Los Angeles, California
Party: Democrat

Fighting on All Fronts: Profiles of World War II Chinese Americans from the Golden State
Montgomery Hom
Chinese Historical Society of America, 2021
Page 220

Social Security Death Index


JOHN JOSEPH SEN
(Japanese Language Division)
January 16, 1920, Boston, Massachusetts – December 24, 2016








1930 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Boston, Massachusetts
Race: Chinese

1940 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Boston, Massachusetts
Race: Chinese

World War Draft Registration
Residence: Providence, Rhode Island
Registration: July 1, 1941, Providence, Rhode Island

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number:
Fort Snelling, July 1943; graduated May 19, 1945
I Dream of Genealogy: Sen, J; Military Intelligence Service

1944 Boston, Massachusetts City Directory
Address: 52 Brooks EB
Occupation: United States Army

(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
July 8, 1945
Sen-Thorn 
Patricia Thom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Thom, 1422 Nicollet avenue, was married Saturday at Westminster Church chapel to Lt. John Joseph Sen of Boston, Mass. Miss Thom attended the University of Minnesota and Lt. Sen is a graduate of Brown university, Providence, R. I. Lt. Brown [sic] is stationed at Ft. Snelling. 
1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Occupation: Manager, Gift Shop

U.S. Army Register, Volume 3, 1972
John J. Sen, Lieutenant Colonel, retired December 1966

Veteran Gravesite
Interment: Salisbury National Cemetery
War: World War II; Korea; Vietnam


WONG S. SHANG
(Chinese Language Division)
see “Richard” Shew Shang Wong 


BING S. SOO HOO
(Chinese Language Division)
February 5, 1907, China – August 11, 1983, Durham, North Carolina

World War II Serial Number: 31134383
Residence: Boston, Massachusetts
Enlistment: June 16, 1942, Boston, Massachusetts
Fort Snelling, December 1944
Release Date: September 13, 1945
I Dream of Genealogy: Soo Hoo Bing S; Military Intelligence Service

Social Security Death Index


HENRY HIN SOON
(Chinese Language Division)
November 17, 1915, Canton, China – September 14, 1989, Oakland, California
full name and birth information on draft card

1936–1938, University of California at Berkeley

1940 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Berkeley, California
Occupation: Barboy

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: Berkeley, California
Registration Date: October 16, 1940

World War II Serial Number: 39042909
Residence: Alameda County, California
Enlistment: March 31, 1943, San Francisco, California
Fort Snelling, December 1944
Release Date: February 28, 1946
I Dream of Genealogy: Soon, Henry H; Military Intelligence Service

Oregon State Marriage
Name: Henry H. Soon
Spouse: Ora G. Lee
Marriage Date: June 15, 1946
Marriage Place: Corvallis, Oregon

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Home: Berkeley, California
Occupation: Commercial Artist, Photo Shop

1959 San Francisco, California, City Directory
Name: Henry H Soon
Residence: Berkeley
Occupation: Draftsman, California-Pacific Utilities
Spouse: Ora Soon

Soon’s painting appeared in Electrical West, September 1964 and July 1965.





















Social Security Death Index


YIN SING TOM aka ROY SING TOM
(Japanese Language Division)
March 25, 1910, Canton, China – November 4, 1993, San Francisco, California
full name and birth information on draft card



















Passenger List
arrived February 3, 1916, Honolulu, Hawaii from Hong Kong

Passenger List
arrived February 14, 1916, San Francisco, California from Honolulu, Hawaii

1930 U.S. Federal Census
Home: San Francisco, California
Race: Chinese

1936–1940, California, Voter Registration
Street address: 957 Grant Avenue
Residence Place: San Francisco
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Occupation: Bookkeeper

World War II Draft Registration
Residence: San Francisco, California
Registration Date: October 16, 1940

World War II Enlistment
Serial Number: 39141577
Residence: San Francisco, California
Enlistment: October 8, 1943, San Francisco, California
Fort Snelling, February 1944; graduated May 19, 1945

1950 U.S. Federal Census
Name: Roy S Tom
Home: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Gorcery Clerk
Married with two daughters

Veterans of the Military Intelligence Service
Second National Reunion, November 8–11, 1966
Yin S. Tom
399 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California

Social Security Death Index
(California)
November 10, 1993
Tom, Roy S. In San Francisco on November 4, 1993, age 83. Survived by his wife of 56 years. Bow King; two sons, Kenneth and Howard; four daughters, Dorothy, Janet. Jasmine and Julie: two sons-in-law, Ronald Lim and Edwin Bonllla; and two grandchildren, Robin and Daniel Lim; a veteran of WWII, Military Intelligence Service and a member of the Chinese Grocers Assn. Friends may visit 5-6pm Fri., Nov. 12 and attend funeral services at 1pm, Sat., Nov. 13 at Green Street Mortuary, 649 Green St. SF. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity. 

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(Updated June 15, 2022)