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Updated: 10/19/2013 08:00:01AM

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SUN PHOTO BY DON MOORE

Helen Salins today at 99.

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Helen Salins of Polynesian Village manufactured home park in North Englewood is pictured as a 25-year-old WAVE when she first entered the Navy in 1941. She served during all of World War II.

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Salins is pictured walking down the street in Washington, D.C., dressed in her WAVE uniform.

By DON MOORE

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Helen Salins of Polynesian Village manufactured home park in North Englewood joined the WAVES during World War II. She was 25 and already a talented artist and a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in English.

“I got in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) because I had two dear friends who were killed at the start of the war. One was shot down over enemy territory in his plane and the other committed suicide on the way to being drafted.

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