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Ninety-one-year-old Norma Bauerschmidt has lost her husband and her daughter. She also has stage four uterine cancer.

But don't even think of counting this World War II Navy vet out, she says.

Bauerschmidt, a member of the Navy's first-ever Nurse Corps, has decided to travel all across the country in an RV with her son, daughter-in-law and poodle – chronicling the journey along the way and affectionately coining the nickname “Driving Miss Norma.”

Yesterday, the crew of the Navy’s future USS Gerald R. Ford – CVN 78 got to meet Miss Norma.



“Living life to the fullest is important,” said Miss Norma. “Do what you want because the doctors aren’t always right.”



“It’s a great honor to meet Miss Norma, a member of the Greatest Generation, and have her meet Ford Sailors, who are among the greatest of their generation,” said Capt. Richard McCormack, Ford’s commanding officer.



“Visiting Ford was one of many stops on her extraordinary journey to live life to the fullest and experience all of the great things this nation has to offer after she gave so much for her country,” said a statement from the Navy.

“Miss Norma says that there will never be a last stop and she plans to live the rest of her life on the road with her family and their fluffy companion, Ringo.”

Miss Norma, for her part, said that her experience yesterday “tops all of the rest.”

“We can’t get much better than this,” she said.

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