June 23, 1988 - August 27, 2008
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Pvt. Tan Q. Ngo, 20, of Beaverton, Oregon, died Aug. 27 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, when his mounted patrol received small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany.
Funeral Services for Private 1st Class Tan Quoc Ngo for Friday, September 5, 2008 at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, Oregon. The service is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The Patriot Guard Riders will be escorting and standing in respect.
A public viewing will be held from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 4th at Finley Sunset Memorial, 6801 SW Sunset Highway in Portland, Oregon.
Private 1st Class (PFC) Tan Ngo enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 2007 and had been in Afghanistan two months at the time of his death.
PFC Ngo was born on June 23, 1988 in Portland, Oregon to Ut Quoc Ngo (Father) and Binh Thanh Sam (Mother). He is the oldest of their four sons, Tien, Thanh and Thien. Having a strong sense of family, Ngo would call or email his family each morning and evening whenever he was away from them.
Ngo attended Elmonica Elementary School, Five Oaks Middle School and graduated from Westview High School in 2006. Following graduation he served in the Job Corps and when he returned he had decided to join the Army to serve his country and protect his family. He also planned to use his military service to further his education. Ngo was well respected and liked in the Beaverton community.
PFC Ngo was very involved with caring for his younger brothers. As the eldest he would get up early to take his brothers to school and other activities. He was also involved in Basketball and Football and enjoyed video games.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor at any Wells Fargo Bank The account has been set up in his mothers name: Binh Thanh Sam. The monies will be used to ensure higher education for his brothers.
Cards and letters should be sent to the family at the following address:
Ngo Family, 21511 SW Frammy, Aloha, Ore. 97006.
The Governor has ordered Oregon flags to fly at half staff in his honor on Friday, September 5.