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S. Florida WWII Veteran Celebrates Centennial Birthday

BROWARD (CBS4) – The second oldest living female veteran from World War II celebrated her birthday at a Broward hospital this weekend, but it wasn't your typical celebration.

Anna Freedman hit the century mark Monday and was quite surprised to see that there was a celebration going on for her at the VA Hospital.

"I didn't think there was gonna be a party," said Freedman before she blew out her candles.

Freedman's 100 years have been filled with adventure, fun, and serving her country.

The South Florida woman served as a wave in the Navy back in the 30's and 40's. A bold move for a woman back then, her parents still gave her the freedom to do what she wanted, when she wanted.

"My father said 'nice Jewish girls don't join the service,'" Freedman told CBS4's Cynthia Demos. "But when I came back he was proud."

Freedman held her scrapbook close to her which contained all of her history and memories that were near and dear to her.

In her scrapbook was a commendation from General Dwight D. Eisenhower, before he was the President, to her husband who was his pilot. She also showed a birthday note from President Barack Obama from the White House.

"I feel very proud," she said.

Freedman said the organization and order she learned being a radio handler in the Navy, based out of Miami Beach, attributed to her long life.

The veteran's keys to living a healthy long life: healthy, chemical free eating and working her mind.

"I believe in natural foods," said Freedman. "No pesticides and no growing things."

Freedman also stayed busy, always planning ahead for the future.

"I've always been busy and I've always been interested in business," said the birthday girl.

An already published author with a book about Real Estate, Freedman said she only has more moves to make.

"One day I hope to write a book that handicaps can be helpful."

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