• March

    27

    2020
One Of The Last Remaining Female WWII Vets Turns 104

One Of The Last Remaining Female WWII Vets Turns 104

Source:YouTube/KSAT 12 Sparks joined the WAVES in WWII.

Sparks joined the WAVES in WWII. Source:YouTube/KSAT 12.

BY MATTHEW RUSSELL
Article and photo credit: theveteranssite.com

Ruth “Buttercup” Sparks is one of the last living female veterans of World War II. Looking back at her nearly 104 years of life, she shared her story, and the globe-crossing journey that eventually landed her in the U.S. Waves (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).

Originally from Denmark, Ruth and her family made the 10-day journey to the United States as political tensions rose in her European homeland. Ruth was just 11 years old at the time.

They made their home in Troy, New York’s Danish settlement. A few years later, Ruth enlisted in the military. In the Waves, Sparks was sent to boot camp in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then on to Memphis, Tenn., for Aviation and Mechanic School, reports her business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.

“I was the second class of WAVES,” Sparks told KSAT.

Sparks worked as a mechanic and a secretary during WWII, but eventually requested a transfer south to get away from the snow. Finding her new home in Corpus Christi, Texas, “Buttercup” met the man who would become her husband.

Read full article, theveteranssite.com

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