Hien Quy Ngo 1934 - 2013 Hien Quy Ngo was born on July 7, 1934 in Bac Giang, Vietnam. In 1954, his family fled the Communist takeover of North Vietnam and immigrated to Saigon. He graduated from Rocheforte military academy in France and Univ of Saigon with a degree in mechanical engineering. In 1969-70, he was stationed at Fort Wolters, TX and was a liaison officer for the U.S. Army helicopter school. He served 10 years as a combat helicopter pilot and was deputy wing commander in the South Vietnamese Air Force during the Vietnam War. In 1966, he married Thu Trinh and together, they had five children. In 1975, the Ngo family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Lacey, WA. For 30 yrs, Hien Ngo worked as an aircraft mechanic and helicopter pilot for WA State Dept of Natural Resources (DNR). In 1986 and 1994, he received DNR "Brainstorm" awards for his designs: a modified retardant bucket control system and helicopter foam injection system used for fighting forest fires. Hien also had a business distributing video games to pizza parlors and convenience stores. He and his wife raised five kids through college, grad school, and dental school. In 2002, years after the passing of wife Thu, Hien returned to Vietnam and married Thuy Pham. In 2006, they retired to Myrtle Beach, SC. They loved being with family and travelling around the U.S., Australia, and Asia. Hien's battle with cancer ended on February 15, 2013. Family members who carry on his legacy are: wife Thuy; children Christina, Catherine, Liz, Mark, Steve; grandchildren Natalia, David, Emilio. Funeral service will be held on Sat., March 2, 2013 at 1:30 at Woodlawn-Forest Funeral Home in Olympia.
The Guest Book is expired.
Published in The Olympian on Feb. 24, 2013