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VA Hospital hosts 100th birthday celebration for WWII veteran

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.(Fort Wayne's NBC)- Family, friends and strangers gathered at the VA Hospital to celebrate a WWII veteran's 100th birthday.

Elizabeth Lantz enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1948 under the Women Accepted For Volunteer Service or WAVES.

By the end of WWII 84,000 women served in the WAVES with 8,000 as officers.

"It was some of the best times of my life, I know that, I enjoyed it," Lantz said.

Lantz helped pave the way for other women to serve their country. She and many other women put their lives on hold and on the line to serve our country.

"It makes me very proud of what she's done and what all the women who were in the military at that time did," her son Henry Lantz said.

Lantz said she remembers the time fondly.

"It's always a pleasure, well it was for me maybe I should say it that way," Lantz said.

Arielle Cadet

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