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The oldest active park ranger in the United States is hanging up his hat at the age of 100.

Betty Reed Soskin retired Thursday after more than 15 years at Rosie the River/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, the National Park Service announced.

A Park Service statement said Soskin “spent his last day providing an interpretive program to the public and meeting with colleagues.”

She led tours to the park and museum honoring the women who worked in factories during the war, and shared her experience as a black woman during the conflict.

According to a Park Service biography, he served for the U.S. Air Force in 1942, but left after learning that “he was appointed only because his superiors believed he was white.”

“Being a primary source in sharing that history – my history – and shaping a new national park has been exciting and satisfying,” Soskin said in the Park Service statement. “It has been proven to bring meaning to my last years.”

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Soskin won a temporary Park Service position at age 84 and became a permanent Park Service employee in 2011. She celebrated her 100th birthday last September.

Director Chuck Sams said, “Betty has made a profound impact on the way we carry out the National Park Service and our mission.” “His efforts remind us that we must seek and place all perspectives so that we can tell a more complete and inclusive history of our nation.”

According to a Park Service biography, Soskin was born Betty Charbonnet in Detroit in 1921, but remembers surviving the devastating Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 while living with her Creole family in New Orleans.

Her family then moved to Oakland, California, and Soskin lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, where in 1945 she and her first husband founded one of the first black-owned record stores in the area, the biography states.

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She was also a civil rights activist and participated in meetings to develop a common management plan for Home Front Park. He has received many honours.

She was named California Woman of the Year in 1995.

In 2015, Soskin received a presidential coin from President Barack Obama after he burned down the National Christmas Tree at the White House.

In June 2016, she was woken up in her home by a robber who repeatedly punched her in the face, dragged her out of her bedroom and thrashed her before making out with coins and other items. Soskin, then 94, recovered and returned to work just weeks after the attack. The coin has been replaced.

Soskin was also honored with entry into Congress’s record, glamor magazine In 2018, she was voted Woman of the Year.

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