Wednesday, March 10, 2010

200 Women Who Flew In WWII Get Medals

The first women to fly U.S. military planes will be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal on Capitol Hill.

More than 1,000 women flew aircraft during World War II. They were known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs. Their primary mission was to fly noncombat missions in the United States.

Thirty-eight of them were killed in service. But they were long considered civilians, not members of the military, until 1977 when they were afforded veteran status.

It's estimated that about 300 of the women are still alive. About 200 are expected to attend the ceremony Wednesday.

The medal is the highest award Congress gives to honor civilians for achievements and contributions to society.

Well done ladies, and thank you. We're still proud of you!

On the Web:

Wasp on the Web

WASPs on Wikipedia

WWII Women Pilots

WASP Museum

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