He wanted to do something for his country. He loved the military. He wanted to be a man, you know, like a soldier.
— David Sun, father
Ming Sun came to the U.S. from China in 1995. He wanted to join the military straight out of high school, but had to attend community college while waiting for his green card. At Sun's funeral, his parents were presented with papers granting him U.S. citizenship.
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