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PFC Min Soo Choi
Birth: Jan. 28, 1984
Death: Feb. 26, 2005, Iraq

Army Pfc. Min Soo Choi of River Vale, NJ., was a 2003 Pascack Valley High graduate had barely finished his first semester at John Jay College in New York, where he was studying criminology, when he decided to enlist. He was in pursuit of a dream. He believed the Army would be a one-way ticket to obtaining American citizenship, a prerequisite for any law enforcement position. But by the time he was deployed, joining the military was more than just a means to an end. The U.S. government posthumously awarded him citizenship during a memorial service held at his alma mater. The 58th immigrant soldier killed in Iraq to be granted citizenship. He was the guy with the beautiful gracious smile. His calm, mature demeanor put those around him at ease. Just being around him made you feel safe. Min Soo loved his sister and took his role as big brother seriously. Before leaving for Iraq with the United States Army he visited his old high school, where she was in her senior year, and asked his guidance counselor for a favor. Take care of my baby sister. To honor the graduate who chose the road less traveled, the high school newspaper printed a memorial edition celebrating Min Soo's life. Featured in the special issue of The Smoke Signal are essays by former teachers, counselors and friends about the kid who, having immigrated to the United States in middle school, barely knew English but eventually graduated from the advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Also featured in the special issue, she said, are photos of Choi in various sports. Choi was, in true Korean fashion, a member of the school's golf and soccer teams. Min Soo was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, a Good Conduct Medal and a Combat Infantry Badge. The River Vale Police Department declared him an honorary police officer and gave his family a badge. A month after Min Soo was deployed, he was killed by an explosive device while on patrol in Abertha at age 21.

Army
8th Cavalry of the
3rd Infantry's
6th Squadron 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec 60 Site 8101
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Jul 08, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14853396
PFC Min Soo Choi
Added by: John Evans
 
PFC Min Soo Choi
Added by: Elizabeth Reed
 
PFC Min Soo Choi
Added by: Elizabeth Reed
 
 
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It was short four months in the basic training where we spent days and nights together becoming infantrymen. Ever since I heard the news of your sacrifice years ago, I have been always thinking about you and your family. Rest in peace, my friend. You will...(Read more)
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