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Susan Ahn Cuddy was the first Asian-American woman in the U.S. Navy`s Waves program.

She joined in 1942 and served during the cold war. Part of her duties included breaking enemy codes.

She later became the first female gunnery officer and eventually reached the rank of lieutenant.

Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.

Correction: Susan Ahn Cuddy’s was misspelled in an earlier version of this story and has since been updated.