Navy hon­ors 102-year-old WWII vet­eran, black pioneer

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

CORONADO | The Navy rec­og­nized

a 102-year-old World War II vet­eran Thurs­day by in­au­gu­rat­ing a new bar­racks in his name, a rare honor for a liv­ing re­cip­i­ent.

From his wheel­chair, re­tired Chief Ste­ward Andy Mills waved to the sailors at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony Thurs­day at the naval base, in Coronado, Cal­i­for­nia, near San Diego.

Mr. Mills told re­porters softly be­fore the cer­e­mony that he was over­joyed by the honor.

One of the mar­itime branch’s first black chiefs, Mr. Mills risked his life for the ser­vice de­spite fac­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion in a then-seg­re­gated Navy.

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