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February 08, 2018
Johnny Gong, worked with you at Camp Swampy USPFO... sad and shocked to hear of your passing. Really loved your Chinese calendars.

Soldier, Rest.

Dennis Merritt
CW2 CALARNG, Ret
Herald, CA
April 29, 2014
He was a CPT and I was a SGT (later a CWO) in the Cal Guard, we both played the guitar, our families were friends back in the mid/late 70's. I remember having a dinner or two at his and Betty's house, that he was refurbishing on his own in Morro Bay. Lost track of him and Betty until this day. I have thought of him and Betty often over the years. Johnny was a Great American, a Patriot, and a friend - our deepest condolences..
April 08, 2014
I had the pleasure to serve under General Gong. He was a outstanding leader and mentor and a kind person. I salute you for your service to our country and your caring about our soldiers.
February 04, 2014
John, you are gone, it is something which I did not want to know. I had been looking for you John since 2006, after you retired and went back to your home state "The Great California", but unfortunately I got very busy and felt myself as I am an ignorant and a selfish friend who did not do much to keep in touch with you. But John, you might have been gone so far where nobody has returned but John you have not gone out of my memories, you would live there forever as my Best Friend and Mentor. I will miss you for rest of my life. I wish somebody from your family can contact me and make share my memories which we both had about our childhood life's similarities and we used to talk a lot.

R.I.P. Brig. Gen. John Gong, "Honor Bound to defend Freedom".
August 16, 2012
John was a mentor, a friend, a man of his word, and a fellow Christian. He was a leader that could be firm, yet gentle at the same time.

John promoted Barry to Lieutenant Colonel and asked him to emcee his celebratory dinner upon his promotion to Brigadier General--we have the utmost respect for John and heartfelt condolence for Betty and family.

We'll see you in Heaven, John!

CW2 (Former LTC) Barry A. Rabson and Betty J. Clarkson 805-208-9991
August 14, 2012
From the Family of CW4 A.B. Forrest.

Our condolences.
August 13, 2012
August 12, 2012
When my mom worked in Morro Bay she would see him in the store on occasion and tell me about their converasions. I had hoped to talk with him when I finally retiered and returned to SLO.
David H. Forrest, LTC USAR
August 08, 2012
My thoughts and prayers for the Gong family. I knew John when he worked at Camp San Luis Obispo, My Father and Mother knew him well and often spoke of him highly. Last time I saw him was in Fresno and got the chance to talk with him for a few mins. He will be missed. SFC (ret) Kerry Drennan
August 08, 2012
Betty, Christie & Harmony,
Deepest sympathy on the loss of a Great Husband and Father to you. No words can truly express the sadness we feel. However, I have fond memories of John and how I first met him. It was lunch at the Imperial Palace, with Betty,John, and your folks, when Shirley and I were engaged. I remember Uncle Sid saying, "he's a Captain in the U.S. Army, as I was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force. When Uncle Sid mentioned his rank, I snapped a salute and John broke out with a huge smile and shook my hand, and he had a firm hand shake. John struck me as quite an intelligent person, a person with a "can do" attitude, and it is reflected with his prestigious rank of Brigadier General! General Gong could not attend my military retirement ceremony but he sent a letter of congratulations, that was read at my retirement. Everyone was impressed that such a distinguished General Officer from the State of California sent me that letter of congratulations. I will miss General Gong, my Cousin John; but he lives within our hearts because of the love we have of him, and he lives because of our cherished memories of him.
With high regard and respect for a fellow Veteran! Betty, Christie and Harmony; may peace be with you in cherished memories of this Great person,Husband, and Father.

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1LT Johnny Gong, in my computer room at the old wooden USPFO for California.  Taken in the early 70's at Camp SLO.

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