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Local WWII veteran turns 100 on Wednesday

Happy Birthday, Winnie!

WWII veteran Winifred "Winnie" Mills
WWII veteran Winifred "Winnie" Mills

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – A local veteran is turning 100 years young on Wednesday.

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.

Happy Birthday, Winnie! And thank you for your service!

About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications.