Salute to Service: Lt. Vivian "Millie" Bailey
Vivian “Millie” Bailey was born on February 3, 1918 in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma before joining the United States Army in the 1943. “As a little girl in Oklahoma, I never imagined I would be able to do anything of any real significance,” Mrs. Bailey said. Currently at 103 years old, however, Mrs. Bailey not only lived a long life and served her country, but she continues to help those in need within her community and her fellow brother and sisters serving overseas.
Vivian volunteered to serve her country by joining the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a first lieutenant. She eventually became the commander of the Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corps, which eventually was named the Woman’s Army Corps, during World War II.
Lt. Bailey then went on to attend the Adjutant General School Officers’ Administration Course. After graduating successfully, she joined another unit.
In 1946 and after World War II ended, Vivian “Millie” Bailey was discharged from the Army, but her service to her country and community continued. She was employed by the Veteran’s Administration and then the Social Security Administration until she retired in 1975. In addition to civil service, Millie started sending much needed supplies to troops serving during Vietnam, Desert Storm, and other conflicts since 2004.
At 102 years old, though, Millie wanted to celebrate her birthday in style. Inspired by President H.W. Bush, she wanted to go skydiving. On October 18, 2020, Vivian’s wish became a reality as she went skydiving with a tandem instructor.
Once labeled a fireball at the age of 97, Millie proves you are never too old to chase your dreams, which is why it is an honor to have Lt. Vivian “Millie” Bailey as this week’s Regiment Salute to Service nominee.
Sources: WWII Vet Still Breaking the Mold at 102 | World War II Veteran Millie Bailey Goes Skydiving for 102nd Birthday | Women’s Army Corps veteran remembers a general's kindness