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Originally - Nama, Hoy Yin, Guangdung Province, China
|Position:||Engineering helper – P-40 engine maintenance and repair|
|Decorations:||Honorably discharged as with the other Chinese members of the AVG|
|Pre AVG:||Pak was married in Jan, 1935 in China and immigrated to America by year’s end as an 18 year old. He received no English education in China. In Portland, Oregon, Pak attended only 2 years of grade school and 1 year of high school, yet he gained adequate proficiency in the English language to qualify for the AVG Allison training in early 1941 as a civilian.|
In early 1941, Pak applied and was accepted for Allison training along with the 8 other original Chinese Americans from America (the acronym, the CAVG, has been coined to refer to these Chinese American Volunteer Group members; all CAVG were recruited as civilians). Pak, being fluent in Chinese, became part of the core of Chinese instructors to train native Chinese in aviation who would be employed in Kunming to work with the AVG.
|Post AVG, WWII:||
Pak and the other 7 CAVG would complete their service in the US Army Fourteenth Air Force. When the USA Fourteenth Air Force took charge, many more Chinese came from America to serve in many capacities. The CAVG members became military and realized much more support in fighting the enemy and their responsibilities eased. Pak was discharged with a rank of SSgt.
|Post War Career:||
Pak settled in Portland and applied his mechanical skills and experience to an automotive career. He became one of the top automotive diagnosticians in Portland. He was very adept at troubleshooting and repair with the barest of equipment, parts and under difficult circumstances. His War work ethic and philosophy was very evident in his work career. He gained a very well-known reputation as an honorable and dependable man, both in the automotive and Chinese community. His skills were in high demand. He was the only Chinese auto mechanic in the Portland area for many decades.