Tung-Sheng Liu, who risked his life to help American pilots in China during WWII, died of pneumonia in Monterey Park at age 92.
Born in China, Mr. Liu helped rescue U.S. airmen of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who bombed Japanese targets and then crash-landed in China in April 1942.
Mr. Liu came to the U.S. in 1946 to study at the University of Minnesota. He was extremely proud to be named an honorary member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
In 1956, Mr. Liu became an aeronautical engineer at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, helping develop the C5 aircraft. After retiring, he moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and was active in community groups such as the Tsinghua University Alumni in South California and the Chinese Committee on Aging. He was a fan of Chinese opera.
Mr. Liu was married for 58 years to Man-Ming Wang Liu, who passed away in 1999. He is dearly missed by his four children — Guangyuan, Tom, Melinda and Sheridan — and three grand-children and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral is Friday, May 8 at 1:00 pm at The Rainbow Chapel, Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Rd. Whittier, CA. Tel: 562-699-0921. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations go to The Communities Foundation of Texas for the James H. Doolittle Scholarship Fund, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225.
Published in Los Angeles Times on May 7, 2009.