Susan Ahn Cuddy’s two brothers, Phillip and Ralph, also joined the military.
I was Korean blood. We were fighting the Japanese. I was American. I was very American, raised to love and honor America. There was actually no choice. I mean that was it. Why other women didn’t do it, I don’t know.
This is a photograph of Ahn and her brothers in uniform. It comes from the collection of Susan Ahn Cuddy and the Island Mountain Trading Co.
Susan Ahn Cuddy was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Dosan Chang Ho and Helen Ahn, the first married Korean couple to immigrate to the U.S. Her father was an advocate for a free Korea, and left his family in California to return back to Korea to help lobby for its freedom from Japan. He would be imprisoned and die there
This is a photograph of the Ahn family circa 1917. It comes from the collection of Susan Ahn Cuddy and the Island Mountain Trading Co.