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WWII veteran celebrates 101st birthday, gets COVID-19 vaccine

Virginia Dixon is a veteran living at the North Carolina State Veterans Home. She was the first person at the center to get the vaccine.

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Just one day after her 101st birthday, Virginia Dixon became one of the first people in North Carolina to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dixon is a veteran living at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Black Mountain.  She was the first person at the center to get the vaccine Tuesday morning. 

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Dixon was born December 29, 1919 in Cherokee, NC in the Cherokee Nation. She is one of 10 children. 

As a member of the Army, Dixon served as a nurse in WW2 and the Korean Conflict.  She also served as a nurse at Walter Reed during WW2. 

Dixon met her husband at Fort Benning in Georgia and was married in 1953. The couple had two children together, a son and a daughter. 

After raising her children, she returned to work as a nurse at a rehabilitation center in Black Mountain, NC.  

Dixon has lived at the North Carolina State Veterans Home since 2018.