Another defender of the country that does not rate the same consideration as illegal aliens.
Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class James E. Suh was born March 2, 1977, in Chicago. Academics was a priority for him at Deerfield Beach High School, but Suh also starred on the tennis and swim teams. He attended many classes for advanced and gifted students. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics at the University of Florida in 1999. Although he wanted to become a veterinarian, he instead joined the Navy in January 2001 and became a SEAL. After basic airborne training in Georgia, and more SEAL training in Coronado and Panama City Beach, Fla., he joined SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 1, 2002.
Navy SEAL James Erik Suh grew up in South Florida where he was raised by his father Solomon Suh, a single parent and Korean immigrant. Despite earning a very modest living as a warehouse laborer, Solomon put everything he had into raising James and his older sister. James’s life focused on family, church, school and sports. He excelled in school, entering the Gifted program at an early age. He was especially strong in math but also proved to be a talented artist and athlete. He competed in tennis and swimming but fishing, drawing and training dogs were also his passions.
By the time he finished high school, James had acquired a long list of accomplishments, yet what he appeared most proud of was his relationships with family and friends. James was very close to not only his immediate family but his eleven cousins, numerous aunts, uncles and grandparents. James was the life of family get-togethers, always wearing a wry smile, cracking a joke and engaging people with his genuine interest in their lives. He held an enthusiasm and gratitude for his family that is not often seen.
James was also part of a close-knit group of friends who had grown up together from their early days of elementary school. These five boys were like brothers, growing up playing GI Joes, skateboarding and in general chasing one adventure after another. When one member of this group, James’s best friend, died tragically in an accident in his early teens, James decided to change his middle name to take on his friend’s name, Erik, as his own. And in the years that passed after Erik’s death, James stayed in close contact with Erik’s mother, never forgetting Mother’s Day or letting her know that she was in his thoughts. James was nothing if not a loyal friend and someone who always stood ready to encourage, defend or comfort those he loved.
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