WWII veteran rings in 100 years with car parade

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY/StarNews) — One U.S. army veteran was joined by the community in Wilmington Thursday to celebrate her 100th birthday!

Reva Gornbein, who served in the U.S. Army during WWII, celebrated the big day with noone other than a parade right outside her window.

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The Patriot Guard riders and the Wrightsville Beach Police led the parade down Wrightsville Ave.

According to the StarNews, born in Detroit, Mich., in 1920 to Polish and Russian immigrants, Reva was the youngest of three children. She lost her mother to cancer at the age of 12. In high school, she and her girlfriends founded a sorority they called “Alpha Gamma Phi” which meant “always good friends.” After high school, she enlisted in the U.S. Army so she could see the world and she served from 1943 until 1946 in the United States and Europe. She joined the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps stationed at Turner Field in Albany, Ga., where she worked as a radio mechanic. She worked on bombers and attack planes and became a troubleshooter for the transmitters and receivers on the airplanes. Later, she became a drill sergeant at Turner Field.

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