Birthday cards wanted as WWII Code Girl turns 99

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — A Navy veteran who is one of the last surviving WWII Code Girls will soon celebrate her 99th birthday, and a friend is requesting cards to make the celebration happier.

U.S. Navy WAVE Leona Chasse will celebrate the birthday milestone in January.

A friend and fellow Navy veteran, Joy Asuncion, put the call out on social media earlier this week.

“Leona was one of 10,000 Navy WAVES secretly recruited as ‘Code Girls’ to serve as Code Breakers working in secrecy to break German and Japanese codes,” Asuncion said. “These women were a crucial part of the war and broke numerous codes that were of great importance to the Allied Forces and help win the war!”

Cards can be mailed to: Leona Chasse. Maine Veterans’ Home. 290 US Route 1. Scarborough, Maine 04074

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