Utah WWII veteran turns 100 with memories of her war service

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PROVO, Utah — A veteran turning 100 in Utah has recalled her service in World War II working as an engineer and in confidential communications, which gave her access to one of the war’s final secrets.

Olive O’Mara was 21 years old when Japanese planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, The Daily Herald reported Friday.

At the time, the coal-miner’s daughter was a school teacher living in the small town of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

O’Mara enlisted and served in the Navy WAVES, the women’s naval reserve established in July 1942.

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