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