Centenarian Daughter of Freedom Fighter Passes Away

Write : 2015-06-25 19:03:37 Update : 2015-06-26 09:58:16

Centenarian Daughter of Freedom Fighter Passes Away

The daughter of independence activist Ahn Chang-ho passed away at her residence in California on Wednesday. She was 100 years old. 

Born in Los Angeles in 1915, Ahn Susan, or Susan Ahn Cuddy, was separated from her father after he left the family in 1926 when she was eleven years old. However, she cherished his last words encouraging her to become a great American but never to lose her Korean identity.

She went on to become the first ethnic Korean U.S. Navy officer in 1942 and the first woman gunnery officer in the U.S. Navy.

She retired from the military after World War II ended and worked as an intelligence officer at the National Security Agency. She was in command of over 300 agents when she retired from the NSA in 1960.

During her visit to South Korea in 2003 for a book publishing, she credited her father's words for always reminding her while living in the United States that she was Korean. 

She also said that if her father was still alive, he would have urged her to make an effort for the unification of the two Koreas. 

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