Kenneth  Wu (LTC US  ARMY RET)
Kenneth Wu (LTC US ARMY RET)

April 1, 1922 - May 15, 2018
Born in Burma
Resided in Odenton, MD

Obituary

WU Kenneth Wu April 1, 1922 - May 15, 2018 LTC., U.S. Army Chinese-Burmese American LTC Kenneth Wu, US Army, passed away at his home at the age of 96 on May 15, 2018 from natural causes surrounded by loving family and friends. Born April 1, 1922, Wu grew up in Namtu, Northern Shan States, Burma (Myanmar) and attended Chinese Primary School, while learning English and Burmese at night school. He matriculated at the Federated Anglo Vernacular School, Government English High School in Maymyo and briefly attended Rangoon University. On May 2, 1942, the Japanese invasion on Burma, forced the his family to flee from China via The Burma Road, the very road which was partially built by his father, who was one of just a handful of Burmese contractors commissioned by the British government. Arriving in Kunming, Yunnan Province, Wu continued college matriculation at National SW University where the U.S. Army immediately recognized his stellar English speaking and writing skills, recruited him as a civilian, but later convinced him to join the US Army. Still a non-US citizen, Wu enlisted in G2, Y-Force Operations Staff/Chinese Combat & Training Command until VJ Day where he was promoted to E-7 gaining Top Secret Clearance. When HQ staff moved to Nanking to take over the Japanese surrender, Wu was assigned to run the rear-echelon G2 until ordered to close shop and fly to Nanking HQ to serve as NCO-in-Charge of Top Secret Control and Enlisted Aide to the Deputy Commanding General. On February 1947, Wu was granted leave to fly to California for US citizenship naturalization, then returned to Nanking six weeks later to be assigned for an indefinite tour of duty as Chief War Brides Processing Team at the US Consulate General Office in Canton and Hong Kong. In 1948, Wu and family sailed on the USS Mitchell to Ft. Mason, CA for transfer to Camp Stoneman, CA where Wu processed casual officers with Far East orders, ensuring they had wills, powers of attorney and life insurance. Many of them were released through a reduction of forces but all were recalled when the Korean War broke out on June 25. These soldiers and half of the 1950 West Point Class that followed were sent to Korea. Most were killed soon after arriving Korea. When the Communist Forces crossed the Yalu River, Wu received orders for the Far East Command G2 and tour of duty to Advance Translator Interpreter Service (ADVATIS) Tongae Rok to conduct strategic interrogation of sick and wounded CCF POW's. From 1951 to 1953, Wu went from WOJG rank to 2nd LT and served as Chief Chinese Interpreter for the UNC (Adv) Armistice Delegation until the Armistice Agreement was signed and ceased the Korean War. During Wu's military career, he served as Aide to Chiefs of Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) Taiwan to Major Generals William C. Chase, George W. Smythe, Francis S. Bowen, Jr and Chester Arthur Dahlen. Other notable assignments were with 525th MI Gp; 519th MI, Ft. Meade; S-1, 319th MI Bn TX US Army Intelligence School; Chief Tactical Intelligence/Dept of Combat Intelligence, Ft. Holabird; Commandant First Army USAR Intelligence School, Ft. Meade. During the Vietnam War, Wu served on the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) on detainee classification policy and the MACV Committee on Decorations/Awards. Before retiring from the military, he was assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff of Intelligence (ASCI) FAC to work on relocations of USAINTS and INTSCOM. He briefed the US Army Central School. He was awarded two Legions of Merit for his service in Military Intelligence during the Vietnam War and at Ft. Holabird Military Intelligence School, and a Bronze Star for his meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy during the Korean War. Post military service, Wu worked as a Management Analyst at HEW to decentralize Office of Education and review Congressional reports of the National Institutes of Health Cancer Institute to US Congress. Later, he was on the Legislative staff for Senators William V. Roth, Jr, Hiram Fong and Congresswoman Marjorie Holt. In the private sector, Wu became VP, Legislative Affairs, Gould Defense Systems, Gould Inc. After retirement, he was Chapter Commander for the USA Military of World Wars (MOWW) Ft. Meade Chapter and Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee for the CINC Shehab. Kenneth Wu was a long time active member of the University of Maryland, University College Alumni Association and the Patient Advocacy Group at Ft. Meade Kimbrough Medical Center. Kenneth Wu was an undying patriot to his country, his Army, his careers in the public and private sectors and a dedicated, loyal, loving family patriarch and hero to the world and his family. He is sorely and adoringly missed but will never, ever be forgotten. He is, and always will be, loved by family and friends worldwide. Remembering his radiant, infectious smile, sharp intellect, elephant memory, special storytelling, and generous heart, the world bids our hero a final, highly respected farewell from earth to the heavens. He is survived by his wife Jennie Wu, son Arthur Wu (Carmen), daughter Jade Wu, granddaughters Stephanie Alviani (T.R.) and Kisch Konold (MIchael), great grandchildren Jack Alviani, Max Alviani, Nora Konold, siblings Colin, Norman, Tom, Mary, Lily and Annie, nieces Christine Wong, Mimi Soo (Eddie), Sophia Brenner (Michael), Theresa Luk, brother-in-law Harry Wang (Lily Mui), and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews in the United States and Burma (Myanmar). Arlington National Cemetery and the Veterans Administration honors LTC Kenneth Wu, US Army, with a Full Honors Burial Ceremony (Chapel service, caisson procession, gravesite service and ceremony, full gun salute, Taps bugler and flag folding ritual) on Thursday, September 27, 2018. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) Ft. Meade Chapter or UMUC Alumni Association. A memorial service will be held at the Old Post Chapel on FT Myer in Arlington, VA on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. Please enter FT Myer through the Hatfield Gate, just off Washington Boulevard. Photo ID is required for all guests entering FT Myer.

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Services

Visitation
Hardesty Funeral Home-Gambrills
851 Annapolis Road
Gambrills, MD US 21054
Friday, May 18, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Service
Fort Myer Old Post Chapel
204 Lee Avenue
Fort Myer, VA US 22211
Thursday, September 27, 2018
1:00 PM
Burial
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA US 22211
Thursday, September 27, 2018
1:30 PM