Congressional Gold Medal proposed for WASP Corps
Florence Marston doesn't really want recognition for what she did as a Woman Airforce Service Pilot.
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#1 May 27, 2009
You will also want to read this touching tribute about one of the WASP that died while serving in WWII. Don't miss it:
When Mabel tragically died while flying her Air Force plane, she became one of the first members of an even smaller and more elite group. Mabel was one of only 38 female pilots that died while serving in WWII. Not only did these brave and talented women face blatant prejudice and receive lower pay, they were also not even given full and rightful military status until 34 years after the war. Our government did not even pay to transport the lifeless bodies of these fallen female patriots back to their home towns for burial. Overt discrimination was ubiquitous in the military then - and persisted for decades afterward. Recognition for the service and sacrifices of the women pilots has been painfully slow in coming, and long overdue.
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#2 Jun 17, 2009
This is in fact wonderful news, even though I agree that it is long overdue! I understand that the 300 remaining WASP's will receive the medal but that's not even a third of who "served". Also, how come they are being treated still as "civilians?" I dare say that if this were men we were discussing that they would have been addressed differently and a long time ago. I want to see ALL the WASP's recognized, even if posthumously! Im not unappreciative of this recognition,I would just like to see fairness reign. Granddaughter of Martha M. Lundy
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