Shortly after the news broke, the US Army took to social media to remember and honor her. Specifically, the Army noted White’s work as a member of the American Women’s Voluntary Services.
“We are saddened by the passing of Betty White. Not only was she an amazing actress, she also served during WWII as a member of the American Women’s Voluntary Services. A true legend on and off the screen,” the account tweeted.
Betty White passed away last night at the age of 99 and joined as a volunteer in 1941, the New York Post reported. She was 19 at the time and drove a truck, delivering supplies to the Hollywood Hills, according to Cleveland Magazine. “It was a strange time and out of balance with everything, which I’m sure the young people are going through now,” White told the magazine. “We’ll never learn. We’ll never learn.”
Betty White reportedly served five years with the group and even married a fighter pilot, Dick Barker. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last long and the two quickly divorced.
The AWVS provided the largest number of women’s auxiliary organizations during WWII. The uniformed members trained to work on the home front to drive ambulances, provide aid in case of air attacks, and sell bonds. At the height of its popularity, it boasted more than 300,000 members.
Bob Newhart Remembers Betty White, Noting it was an ‘Honor’ Working with ‘Such a Pro’
Given her status as a celebrity and icon, it’s no surprise previous and current co-stars had much to say about Betty White’s passing. Bob Newhart was one of them, posting a tribute saying it was an “honor” working with “such a pro.“
Newhart has been a television sitcom star and comedian himself for well over half a century and shared his thoughts about White yesterday. Remembering his past correspondences with her, he said the world “lost a giant” on Twitter.
“I had the honor of working with Betty White on my series BOB & the finale of Hot in Cleveland. She was such a pro! My 1st standup TV appearance was April 1960 on Jack Paar & Betty was a guest. Today, we lost a giant,” the tweet reads.
Considering Newhart’s status, his words of praise carry a lot of weight behind them. His followers share his enthusiasm, with many offering condolences to both him and White’s family. Many also note they grew up with the two of them on their television screens, so the thought of never seeing them both together is heartbreaking.