Friday, September 26, 2008
Born in China, Ming Sun, a Private 1st Class in the U.S. Army, was killed in action by small arms fire while on patrol at age 20 on January 9, 2007 in Ramadi, Iraq. He died less than 10 months after he enlisted.
Ming Sun came to the U.S. from China in 1995. He wanted to join the military straight out of high school, but attended community college while waiting for his green card. At Sun's funeral, his parents were presented with papers granting him U.S. citizenship along with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Ming Sun is believed to be the first Chinese national to be killed in the Iraq war.