103-year-old World War II veteran reflects on changes she's seen - FOX34 Lubbock

103-year-old World War II veteran reflects on changes she's seen throughout life

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Catherine Royalty, the longest living veteran in Lubbock, has lived to see more than a century go by at 103 years old. 

Royalty joined the Navy, after graduating from Lubbock High in 1932,  as a member of WAVES, women accepted for volunteer emergency service.

She decoded ship movements while stationed in San Francisco, adding she was one of the first women to serve in the Navy during World War II.

"They used WAVES to replace men in all capacities. Nurses, stenographers, mailmen, so I think we did good a service," Royalty said.

She carried her service into the classroom as an English and Journalism teacher for 34 years.

Royalty said today's education is taught much differently.

"Well teaching has changed a lot in all ways. The way you teach, the school situation, and the rules. Of course, we've come from the one-room schoolhouse where all grades are taught in the same room to too much specialization," Royalty said.

She added her students wrote for publications like the Miami Herald and New York Times.

Royalty said the purpose of journalism is lost in today's society. 

"I think we have too much untruth. People manufacture the facts. I don't know how you get down to the basics, but we need a better way to do that," Royalty said.

Royalty said it is hard to imagine she has lived for more than a century.

"You never expect it, at least I didn't. You don't plan for it. So now, you wonder how much longer is it going to be," Royalty said.
Royalty added she must have good genes since her family members have a history of living past the century mark, including her cousin, who lived to be 107.

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