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Oscar Hong
War: World War II
Branch: Army Air Force Signal Corp
Unit: 1157 Signal Corp Service
Highest Rank: Technician 4th Grade
Birth Year: June 1, 1923
Place of Birth: Taishun, China
Decorations/Citations: Good Conduct Medal; China/Burma/India Theater


Oscar Hong enlisted in the Army in 1943 at the age of 19. A friend told him that the Army was looking for interpreters. Oscar was in New York City at the time. He was sent to Miami for his basis training and then to Springfield, Illinois for his Signal Corp training. From there he went to Greely, Colorado and eventually to Burma.

Oscar's job was that of interpreter, primarily for the American Services. He was part of the Flying Tigers group. Although he did not fly on any missions he described the many bombing raids by the Japanese. In between the raids he said it was boring.

At the end of the War he was discharged. He and his family had a very successful restaurant business in the Detroit area. After his wife died, he sold the business and retired. He eventually moved into his daughter's home but is now living in a retirement complex in Ann Arbor.

Oscar's decorations include a Good Conduct Medal and a China/Burma/India Theater Medal.