94-Year-Old Grandmother Marine Veteran Attends Marine Corps Ball

by Paul Morris
Paul is a proud Southerner who enjoys long walks in the woods, sweet tea, and watching movies. He’s also an expert pastry chef and will share his rhubarb-berry pie recipe with just about anyone who asks. He loves America and playing with animals of all kinds. When he isn't writing about the things he loves most, you can find him in the great outdoors!

Tillie Medvid has gone through enough experiences to last most of us two lifetimes!

The 94-year-old Marine Corps veteran began her life in America as an immigrant. When Tillie first entered kindergarten, she couldn’t speak a word of English.

So after years of hard work and diligent studying, she finally passed high school and decided to attend University to study education! Pretty impressive for a woman who started off her schooling unable to even communicate with her teachers!

But when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, her whole world changed in an instant. All the men signed up to fight, and all the women eventually got factory jobs to help the war effort in any way they could.

So when Tillie graduated college, she was interested in doing a bit more than help in the war effort; she wanted to join the war effort. She looked into the Army, Navy, and Coast Guard, but it was the Marine Corps who intrigued her the most. She knew she wanted to help them in any capacity.

After passing through boot camp she eventually became a radio operator and helped decipher radio codes used to help out our troops bravely fighting in the Pacific. After the war, she received an honorable discharge and became a mother, grandmother, and teacher.

But for all of her years there was something missing in her life. She had always wanted to attend the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, but never attended. But at the tender age of 94, she and her husband both received an invitation that she’s been waiting for since she signed up 72 years ago.

And we’re happy that her wish has finally been granted!

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94 year old Marine Veteran attends first birthday ball ever

“Why’d you join the Marine Corps? Because it was the toughest,” she said.Video credit: Fox 5 San Diego

Posted by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday, November 18, 2015