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An Untold Chapter about my Father- The Upper Burma Road

When:  22 June 2024 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Where: Oak Room, SMPL 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo 

Come at 10:15 for coffee and chat! 

This meeting is in person only.  It is not on Zoom, is not hybrid and will not be recorded.  

Handout available here

During WWII the U.S. Army recruited 36 advanced mathematicians and engineers to work on a secret project. Among them was my father, Sherman Hawk Lee, who had arrived in the U.S. from China on a student visa four years earlier. The team’s task was to design an assault glider, light enough to be towed but strong enough to transport 15 soldiers or a fully-loaded jeep. Most of the world never heard of these battle gliders which proved critical to Allied missions over both the Burma Hump into China and on D-Day above Normandy Beach into France.

I will describe how I discovered my father’s contribution to that glider project, how I put his story together, and why I wanted to tell this story. Along the way I will share reflections about formatting and publishing a family history story.

 Book title: The Upper Burma Road — One Chinese Immigrant’s Contribution to WWII: Sherman Hawk Lee

Pamela Lee Wong writes about Chinese immigrant experiences against the backdrop of historical events. Passionate about preserving the stories of those elders, Pam writes to reveal their experiences to descendants.

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The San Mateo County Genealogical Society supports the study of family history in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • We get together to learn and share information in monthly meetings, twice-yearly seminars with well-known speakers, workshops and special-interest groups.
  • We support research through our genealogy library located at the San Mateo Public Library, online databases, and research services
  • We connect with each other through six-times-a year newsletters (available in the Members section), a blog, a Facebook page, and occasional eNews notices about SMCGS events.

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San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 230
San Mateo, CA 94401-0230


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