Local WWII veteran turns 101, crowned ‘Lifetime Achievement’ winner at Ms. Senior Clay County pageant

Mills enlisted in the WAAC on Feb. 24, 1943

WWII veteran Winifred "Winnie" Mills, now 101 years old, was crowned the "Ms. Lifetime Achievement" winner at the Ms. Senior Clay County pageant!

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – WWII veteran Winifred “Winnie” Mills, now 101 years old, was crowned the “Ms. Lifetime Achievement” winner at the Ms. Senior Clay County pageant!

Winnie turned 101 on June 16 and took the crown on July 28 at the pageant held at the Hilltop Restaurant by the Senior Advocacy Group of Clay County.

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Winifred “Winnie” Mills, who served as a sergeant in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) during WWII, has lived in Clay County for quite a while but was born in Pennsylvania.

Mills enlisted in the WAAC on Feb. 24, 1943, when she was just 21 years old. She was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines with the Encryption Unit until the war ended in 1945.

She worked as a cryptographer in New Guinea and the Philippines decoding Japanese messages.

Winnie is a great grandmother and loves her family and her country.

Congratulations, Winnie!

Local WWII veteran turns 101, crowned ‘Lifetime Achievement’ winner at Ms. Senior Clay County pageant

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