Susan Anh Cuddy was born in Los Angeles in 1915 to Dosan Chang Ho and Helen Anh, who were possibly the first Korean married couple to immigrate to the U.S. Susan graduated from San Diego State in 1940. Two years later, she was the first Asian American woman to join the U.S. Navy where she achieved the rank of lieutenant. Susan was the first female gunnery officer in the U.S. military and later she served with the National Security Agency as a code breaker with top secret Pentagon clearance.
In 2003, Susan was recognized by the California State Assembly as Woman of the Year for her public service. In addition, she received the American Courage Award from the Asian American Justice Center of Washington, D.C. in 2006.