More than 70 years ago, Jacqueline Spector — a then-20-year-old who was fresh out of college — wanted to thank the United States for accepting the immigration of her Jewish grandparents and support her fiancé as he fought overseas in World War II.
She enrolled with the Woman’s Army Corps(WAC) and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually reaching the equivalent rank of Master Sergeant.
Spector was in charge of 175 other WAC members as they repaired aircraft equipment for B-29s.
At 93-years-old, she is still in good health and her mind is sharp enough to remember moments from nearly 70 years ago.
Including the day she learned her fiancé had been killed fighting in France, and the support she received from the women under her command.
On the advice of her father, Spector said she motivated the women under her command without yelling at them.
It seemed to work; after the war, the women wrote letters to Spector in order to keep in touch.
Each time, they would send a self-address stamped envelope so she could reply.
Spector spent 35 years serving the Army.
When the WAC was disbanded in 1978, she took a sales job and currently is spending her days at Garden Villas South.
She looks forward to Veterans Day because of the honor and reverence many of us display for those like Spector who have sacrificed so much to protect the ideals of democracy and freedom across the globe.
And it reminds her how proud she was of the men fighting on the front lines, and her girls putting in the work to keep their efforts going.