|Fred Chin and Lee Chen, December 23, 2022|
Fred grew-up in the family's home on 7th Street in Oakland Chinatown. Although his family did not have a lot of money, their home was filled with a lot of love and the Chin’s all worked together to get through lean times. Throughout his school years, Fred enjoyed playing basketball, football, and many other sports.
Fred (Center) in 1945
with siblings (L-R) Rose, Dennis, Mabel and Allen
Looking back, his brother Dennis recalls that Fred was a good student, getting all A’s and B’s, especially in Math and Science. Freddie wanted to take a Chemistry class, but it was full so he ended up having to take a laboratory tech class instead. After graduating from high school in 1961, Denny remembers the day that recruiters came knocking on their door to enlist him into the US Air Force.