Tri-State Veteran Honored Ahead of Milestone Birthday

On Tuesday, the soon-to-be centenarian received an unexpected honor.

Posted: Mar 30, 2021 3:58 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2021 10:22 AM

Mildred Bruner, also known as "Granny B," is one of kind.

"I think God has blessed me with longevity," says Bruner. "I've just been very grateful for the kind of life I've had."

Born in Smith Mill, Kentucky, Mildred moved to the River City as a child where she grew up. She attended Central High School and later Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated in 1942.

"I have 3 sisters," says Bruner. "Of the four girls, she chose me to go to nurses training. So, it was really my mother's idea."

A year later, at the age of 22, Mildred joined the Army Aircorp during World War Two stationed as a nurse in Mississippi.

"I just felt I needed to dedicate myself to doing something for my country," says Bruner.

This Hometown Hero was married to the love of her life for 44 years and raised a family of her own.

On Tuesday, the soon-to-be centenarian received an unexpected honor.

"I have an American Flag that has been flown over the United States Capitol," says Rep. Larry Bucshon. "It's a brand-new American Flag."

U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon making a trip to meet Mildred himself.

"Thank you for your service during the war," says Rep. Bucshon.

Another special day to add to a century worth of memories.

"To tell the truth I can't tell I'm 100," says Bruner. "I just wonder where all those years have gone because I don't feel 100."

If you're interested in sending Mildred a birthday card, use this address:

Salem United Church of Christ

11325 Lower Mt. Vernon Rd.

Evansville, IN 47712

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