#AAPIHM17: Not only was Susan Ahn Cuddy the first Asian American woman to join the Navy, she was the first female aerial gunnery officer.
Image: PORT HUENEME, Calif. (May 9, 2015) Susan Ahn Cuddy, a former Navy lieutenant, meets with U.S. Navy Seabee Museum Education Specialist Hanako Wakatsuki after a guest presentation honoring Ahn Cuddy at the Seabee Museum. The presentation was part of the museum’s Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month program. Ahn Cuddy was the first Asian American woman to serve in the armed forces when she joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) during WWII. (U.S. Navy photo by Aramis X. Ramirez/Released)