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Honor Mission
Fred Yut Yin Ong, Veteran
USA USAF –
Phoenix, Arizona – 11-23-18

ABOUT THE MISSION:

The Patriot Guard Riders have been asked to honor Fred Yut Yin Ong for his service to our country in the United States Army Air Corp. We gratefully accept this mission with honor and respect. Following the memorial it is our honor to escort our hero and his wife to the burial location for his military honors at 12:30PM, which he so rightfully deserves. Fred Ong worked in the family grocery store located at 20th Street and McDowell Road until he was drafted into the Army Air Force in 1942. Graduated from Bombardier school at Carlsbad, N M in Bombardier and Navigation (B-17 & B24). Received his 2nd Lt bars. Stayed at Carlsbad, N M as Bombardier Instructor, also Liaison Officer for the Chinese Air Force training in the U.S. After graduating number two bombardier Wing in his cadet class of 500, he was a bombardier instructor at Carlsbad Air Base where he trained Chinese Air Force Cadets to use the highly secretive Norden Bombsight. Students memorized all the detail parts of the bombsight as no textbooks were published. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army Air Corp in 1945. He married his wife Kathleen Lau in August 18, 1946, at the Westward Ho in downtown Phoenix. They opened and operated Farmer’s Super Market located at 19th Avenue and Lawrence Road until 1962 when competition from AJ Bayless and Lucky’s Market became too great. Fred then worked for Beatrice Foods Meadow Gold Dairy and Associated Grocers as a special sales representative and retail merchandise advisor mainly to Chinese owned grocery stores throughout Arizona. He invested with his brothers in Melrose Bowl bowling alley, had a real estate license, insurance license and published from 1960 – 1971 the AZ Chinese Directory Phoenix and Tucson for free distribution. Fred was very active in the local community. He was president of the PTA’s for Maryland School and Washington High School and worked on the committee to build Washington Park at 23rd Avenue and Maryland. He belonged to the Sunnyslope Lions Club and was a charter member and past president of the Phoenix Thunderbird Lions Club. He also served as President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Ong Ko Met Family Association, honorary and lifetime President of Ong’s Family Association Worlds headquartered in Taiwan, President of Nationalist Party KuoMinTang of Phoenix and board member of the USA KuoMinTang Party. He was first vice president of the Phoenix Chinese United Association and the Phoenix Chinese Welfare Council. He served on the board of the original Phoenix Chinese School and is a lifetime member of the Pacific Rim Commission of Phoenix. He actively participated in the Phoenix Sister City Chinese Week program and was a founder of the Arizona Asian American Association. He was a charter member of the American Legion Thomas Tang Post 50 and was a past commander and lifetime member. Along with other post members, Fred taught senior Chinese members the US constitution in both Chinese and English so they could apply for citizenship. He has been a Mason for fifty years. He and Kay loved participating in the First Families of Arizona. He enjoyed being the master of ceremonies for many Chinese weddings officiating in English, Chinese and even Spanish! He was a member of the first All-Chinese basketball team, the Chinese Lions, which won the city championship in 1942. His love of the sport has passed down the generations to his great grandchildren. He is survived by his 5 daughters 7 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. The Arizona Patriot Guard and our brothers and sisters nationwide send our condolences to Fred’s family and friends. We honor this outstanding hero, community leader, and family man.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 11-23-18
Staging Time: 11:30 AM

Greenwood Memorial Gardens Serenity Chapel and Cemetery
2300 W Van Buren
Phoenix, Arizona 85009

Ride Captain:

Dan Lazear
480-223-8628
azpgrdan@gmail.com

Special Instructions:

* This is a 2 stage mission all at Greenwood Memorial.*
Circle of Honor at 12:15PM, following the honorable transfer of our hero to the coach. Family and friends will join us.
* We will escort our hero, his family and friends to the grave site on property.*
Four (4) Honor Flag Bikes needed. Please contact Dan with your availability.
* Military Honors at approximately 12:30PM.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 11-23-18
Staging Time: 11:45 AM

Greenwood Memorial Cemetery
2300 W Van Buren
Phoenix, Arizona 85009

Ride Captain:

Dan Lazear
480-223-8628
azpgrdan@gmail.com

Special Instructions:

* Meet Flag Captain at grave site.*
Have Flag Line set for arrival of our hero at 12:20PM.
* Military Honors at approximately 12:30PM.*
Flag Captain TBD.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: David Murphy
Position: Arizona Assistant State Captain

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November 23, 2018
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Fred Yut Yin Ong Comment

  1. On behalf of Bugles Across America, please accept our sincere condolences. If it would be of comfort to have a live bugler sound Taps at this ceremony for your loved one, please feel free to either contact us directly or fill in the “Request a Bugler” form on our website at http://www.buglesacrossamerica.org. Please be aware that today almost all military and civilian honor guards are performing Taps using a recording.

    We are a nationwide volunteer organization, we provide this service free of charge, and we do not require DD214 discharge papers to perform Taps for veterans. We also provide this service for law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other first responders.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Roger Ellis – State Director for Arizona
    Mitzi Ellis – Assistant State Director for Arizona
    http://www.buglesacrossamerica.org

    Email roger.c.ellis@gmail.com
    Mobile 917-697-9449

    Serving our veterans in memory of Roger C. Ellis, Flight Officer USAAF 1943-1945

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