“We were honored to have Mabel Johnson, a 106-year young WWII Coast Guard Veteran throw our ceremonial first pitch tonight! Thank you for serving our country and great pitch, Mabel!” the Royals said.
Johnson, born in 1914, spent three years in the Coast Guard “SPARS” during World War II. She went to boot camp in Palm Beach, Florida, and later shipped out to the Coast Guard’s Ninth District Office in Cleveland to serve in the Pay & Personnel Division supporting personnel on the Great Lakes, according to the Coast Guard’s blog.
She was honorably discharged, the broadcasters of the game said.
Mabel Johnson married Ken Johnson, both of whom are from Staten Island, New York. He also served in the military.
She lives in Olathe, Kansas, and has been a resident of the state since 1991. Johnson has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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