Khen Ngo
Khen Ngo
Khen Ngo on his 109th birthday.
Birth: 4 July 1911
Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam
Death: 7 April 2021
San Diego, California, USA
Age: 109 years, 274 days
Country: VietnamVIE United StatesUSA

Khen Van Ngo (4 July 1911 – 7 April 2021) was a Vietnamese-born American centenarian. If his age were valid, he could be oldest known man ever born in Vietnam.


Khen Ngo was born in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam on 4 July 1911 with partially deaf. Longevity runs in his family: all of his siblings lived into their 90s. He was married Sam for 67 years until her death around 2007.

He worked as small business entrepreneur. He owned a sewing factory in central Vietnam, and when the Vietnam War began he moved his family to Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), where he ran a hardware store. When Saigon fell in 1975, the 64-year-old Ngo and his entire family fled in a boat to escape invading Viet Cong forces.

His family moved to the Philippines, then Guam and eventually they settled in California where he became a U.S. citizen. He and his wife moved to San Diego around 1985.

He celebrated his 109th birthday in July 2020. In July 2020, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and moved on home hospice.

He lived with his eldest daughter and her husband, as well as Kinh Nguyen, who he and his wife raised as their own daughter after Nguyen's parents died. Besides Nguyen, Ngo has six livng children, 21 grandchildren (including his granddaughter Khanh Le) and 20 great-grandchildren.

He lived in Mira Mesa neighborhood, San Diego.

Khen Ngo died in San Diego, California, USA on 4 April 2021 at the age of 109 years, 274 days.



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