Mr. Pei-Li Chiang
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Mr. Pei-Li Chiang was born on January 29, 1922 in Shantung Province, Mainland China. He was a graduate of the Central Police College in China 's wartime capital Chung-King. In the year of 1945, he moved from Mainland China to Taiwan where he had lived for almost 50 years. At the age of 65, he emigrated from Taiwan to the States. He lived in the beautiful city of Santa Cruz where he had lived for around 25 years, then passed away at the age of 91.
During the initial period of his residing in Taiwan, he worked as an interpreter for the U.S Military Assistance and Advice Group (MAAG) to train Taiwan 's military forces. Three years later, he transferred to the U.S 327 Intelligence Company to translate the intercepted military information into English for the reference of the U.S military forces, then stationed in Taiwan. In the said two positions, he had carried out his assigned missions faithfully and successfully.
After he had a job well done for the military forces, he was appointed Protocol Police Officer of the Taipei Municipal Police Headquarters. During his tenure of office, he had contributed very much to the promotion of cooperation and friendship between the U.S and the Taipei police department. By that time he was conferred the membership of the U.S Chief of Police Association due to his outstanding services.
While he was residing in Santa Cruz, he spent most of his time in his writings. His Satisfactory works include "The Rise up of the China Communist", "Japan's Surprise attack at the Pearl Harbor", "China Betrayed by the Yalta Secret Conference" and "The Anecdote of Commander in Chief General Han". These four stories were written in Chinese; so far no English copies have been published.
According to his will, he did not want his survivors to hold any services for him, but he did hope his relatives and friends know that the person they loved was no longer in the world.
Grandpa Chiang had a big presence, and an even bigger personality. He enjoyed life to the fullest, and even more so through the happiness of his family. Our beloved grandfather, Pei-Lei Chiang, stepped into heaven peacefully on November 15, 2013. He was surrounded by his son, and his three grandchildren. It warms our hearts to know that he is now reunited with our grandmother, Chin-Han Chiang, his wife of 60 years, and of whom he missed so dearly. Grandpa Chiang will forever remain in our thoughts, and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Jan. 29, 2014