SAN DIEGO – A 94-year-old veteran fulfilled her lifelong dream Friday when she attended the Marine Corps Ball in University City with her husband.
Tillie Medvid was the guest of honor at the ball, which celebrated the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps. Her attendance was made possible by Camp Pendleton.
“I’m overcome with thankfulness that I could even part of them,” Medvid said.
A limo took Medvid, along with her husband Nick, their daughters and grandson, to the ball, where she was honored with a standing ovation.
Medvid reached the rank of Corporal during World War II. She was stationed in San Francisco and learned to repair radios for ships at the time when women were encouraged to join the service to free up men for combat.
“Why’d you join the Marine Corps? Because it was the toughest,” she said.
After Medvid left the Marines, she remained active, getting her master’s degree and working as a teacher and counselor for years until she retired.