Virginia Jenness Millett Apocada was attending business college when she learned from a friend about being in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). She entered the Navy in December 1943. After completing basic training at Hunter College in New York, she attended storeman school in Milledgeville, Georgia, due to her skill in accounting.
The Navy initially stationed her at a naval base in Quonset Point, Rhode Island. She later went to the Navy Aviation Supply Depot in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The depot stored and supplied the bases, Army Air Corps, and naval ships with ammunition and supplies.
After her honorable discharge in February 1946, Apocada attended East Los Angeles Junior College, studying accounting on the GI Bill. She also actively served in the American Legion, WAVES National (now called Military Women Across the Nation) and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Apocada died in 2019 at the age of 96.
More of her story is at https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.48769/.
We honor her service.
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This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Writer: Sarah Concepcion
Editor: Kara Anderson
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