She went to the Navy recruiter just days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and was commissioned five months later.
Rear Adm. Christine Hunter, commander of Naval Medical Center San Diego, said Choe was an outstanding officer who made a "lasting impact" on issues including quality control while assigned as the executive assistant to the hospital's governing board.
Hunter said she was not surprised that Choe volunteered to be what the Navy calls an "individual augmentee" in Afghanistan, even with its dangers. "She fully understood that Navy medicine's mission is to reach out to other nations," she said.
In her off hours, Choe was a runner and a snowboarder.
Choe is survived by her husband, Lt. Cmdr. Chong "Jay" Choe, a urology resident at the medical center; their 3-year-old daughter, Kristin; her mother and father, Francisca Bacong and Rufino Bacong Sr.; and two brothers, Rufino "Ruffy" Bacong Jr. and Ron Bacong. Choe and her husband lived in El Cajon, in San Diego County.
|Florence B. Choe with her husband, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chong "Jay" Choe, and daughter, Kristin.|
Lieutenant Choe previously remembered at Boom3.