Susan Ahn Cuddy
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|Susan Ahn Cuddy|
Ahn siblings, Susan on the right
January 16, 1915 |
Los Angeles, California
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942 - 1946|
|Unit||Link Training, Gunnery, Intelligence|
|Other work||Library of Congress
National Security Agency
Susan Ahn Cuddy (Korean: 안수산, Hanja:安繡山, born January 16, 1915) was the first female gunnery officer in the United States Navy. She is the eldest daughter of Korean independence activist Ahn Chang-ho and Helen Ahn, the first married Korean couple to immigrate to the United States in 1902. She joined the Navy in 1942 and served until 1946, reaching the rank of lieutenant. Cuddy went on to work for U.S. Navy Intelligence, and later the Library of Congress and the National Security Agency. She retired in 1959 and returned to her birthplace in Los Angeles, California where she helped manage her family's Cantonese restaurant Phil Ahn's Moongate until 1990.
In 2003, Cuddy was recognized by the California State Assembly as Woman of the Year for her public service. In 2006, the Asian American Justice Center of Washington D.C. presented her with the American Courage Award. Her life story is also the subject of the short biography Willow Tree Shade by John Cha. On July 28, 2013 the Los Angeles Dodgers recognized Cuddy for her military service honored as Veteran of the Game a program during the home games which the Dodger organization started in 2011.
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