Died in Kandahar,
Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, when his
mounted patrol received small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire.
|From The Oregonian oregonlive.com
Beaverton soldier killed in Afghanistan
by John Snell, The Oregonian
Thursday August 28, 2008, 8:36 PM
A Beaverton man is the latest soldier to be killed in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced today.
Army Pvt. Tan Q. Ngo, 20, died of wounds suffered in Zabul province, Afghanistan.
Zabul province is along the border with Pakistan and is a center of fighting.
The Defense Department said that Ngo's mounted patrol received small-arms and rocket-propelled-grenade fire. He died Wednesday in nearby Kandahar, the department said.
Ngo was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany.
U.S. combat deaths have dropped precipitously in Iraq in recent months, which most analysts attribute to the success of the troop increase. Combat deaths in Afghanistan, meanwhile, have risen during the same period.
Thus far, 95 Oregonians have been killed in the Iraq war, 13 in Afghanistan and 1 in Pakistan.
Southwest Washington has lost 11 soldiers in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.
|From The Portland Tribune portlandtribune.com
Service set for Beaverton soldier killed in Afghanistan
Pfc. Tan Q. Ngo will be buried in Willamette National Cemetery
The Beaverton Valley Times, Sep 3, 2008, Updated Sep 3, 2008
Pfc. Tan Q. Ngo
A funeral service is planned Friday to honor a 20-year-old Beaverton soldier who was killed last week in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Pfc. Tan Q. Ngo died Aug. 27 of wounds suffered in Zabul Province when his vehicle patrol was hit by small arms fire and a rocket-propelled grenade.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment based in Hohenfels, Germany, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the Department of Defense.
Funeral services for the 2006 Westview High School graduate begin at 1 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd.
A public viewing will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Finley Sunset Memorial, 6801 S.W. Sunset Highway.
Ngo enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 2007 and had been serving in Afghanistan two months at the time of his death.
He was born June 23, 1988, in Portland to Ut Quoc Ngo and Binh Thanh Sam. He is the oldest of their four sons, Tien, Thanh and Thien.
Having a strong sense of family, Ngo would call or e-mail his family every morning and evening whenever he was away.
Ngo attended Elmonica Elementary School, Five Oaks Middle School and graduated from Westview High School.
As a young man, Ngo was 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 enjoyed playing basketball, football and video games.
Following graduation he served in the Job Corps. When he returned from his service, he decided to join the Army. He also planned to use his military service to further his education.
Ngo was well respected and liked in the Beaverton community.
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 mother's name: Binh Thanh Sam. Donations will be used to ensure a college education for his brothers.