Anyone can tell you, reaching 100 years old in our time is quite a big deal. Not many people get to celebrate their 100th year.
Recently, Ruth “Buttercup” Sparks celebrated her 104th birthday in San Antonio, Texas, and not only was it special because she was celebrating such a major milestone, but also because she’s one of the last living female WWII veterans.
At just 11 years old, Ruth, also known as Buttercup to her loved ones, came to the United States from Denmark with her family.
That was in 1926 and the entire journey took around 10 days, according to KSAT.
After arriving in the US, Ruth and her family lived in New York until she decided to join the United States Navy in 1945 during World War II.
Ruth joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), a branch of the U.S. Navy. She said, “I was the second class of WAVES.”
While in WAVES, Ruth worked as a mechanic and a secretary. Over time, she asked to be moved to the south because she said she was tired of the snow.
Ruth’s request was granted and she was transferred to Corpus Christi where she met her husband.
The couple lived in the coastal city until 1972 when they moved to where she lives currently in San Antonio.
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