NEW YORK (AP) — Two former Army nurses who were roommates seven decades ago on remote South Pacific islands are sharing a milestone.

As Amelia Greeley and Ruth Girk turn 100, the World War II colleagues are still so close that they talk on the phone nearly every night.

Greeley celebrated her birthday this week in New York. Girk is looking ahead to her birthday in June in Peoria, Arizona.

The two met in 1943, after volunteering to serve in a war hospital being organized by what is now NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Girk says they've always appreciated their friendship. But they say the older they get, the more they cherish it.