Frederick R. Eng was born on February 25, 1917 in China. He and his mother, Soo Shu, a dress maker, immigrated to the United States in 1919. He was the first of four children; followed by Daisy, Helen and James. The Eng family lived in San Francisco's Chinatown. When Fred, as he was commonly known, moved to New York is not known.
According to "Who's Who in American Comic Books," Fred's work in comic books appeared from 1942 to 1949, plus 1952 and 1953. On August 24, 1942 in New York City, he enlisted in the Army. The enlistment information revealed that Fred had three years of college but it did not state where he attended college. He served in the Army Air Forces and was stationed at the air base in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He returned to New York on February 19, 1945.
In addition to inking and lettering, Fred was a commercial artist and photographer. In 1975 he moved from Tivoli, New York to Saint Petersburg, Florida where he retired. He died on February 16, 1995. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, S. Hunter, Michael, and Tony; brother, James; sisters, Daisey Leong, and Helen Eng; and a dozen grandchildren.
(Research by Alex Jay; biographical information based on the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, the Social Security Death Index, and the obituary in the February 18, 1995, St. Petersburg Times.)
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