Ms. Alyce Dixon Turns 107 - Washington DC VA Medical Center
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Ms. Alyce Dixon Turns 107

Ms. Dixon (right) while serving in France with the 6888th Battalion.

Ms. Dixon (right) while serving in France with the 6888th Battalion.

Monday, September 22, 2014

In 1907, the average worker earned 22 cents an hour, a pound of sugar cost four cents and an American’s average life expectancy was only 47 years. It was also the year a baby girl called Alice Ellis came into the world. She grew up to change the spelling of her name to Alyce and has been living life on her own terms ever since.

She is the oldest Veteran at the Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center. She is also a celebrity around town with her elegant sense of style, her long repertoire of eyebrow-raising jokes and very strong opinions.

She credits her long life to sharing. “I always shared what little I have, that’s why He let me live so long.”

Ms. Dixon joined the military in 1943. She was among one of the first African-American women in the Army. As a member of the Women's Army Corps, she was stationed in England and France where she played an important role in the postal services as part of the 6888th Battalion.

She served the government for many years at the Census Bureau and for the Pentagon where she served as a purchasing agent buying everything from pencils to airplanes. She retired in 1973.

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