Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Female WWII pilots receive Congressional Gold medals

Female WWII pilots receive medals

By Oren Dorell and Malia Rulon - USA Today
Posted : Wednesday Mar 10, 2010 12:06:34 EST

Jean Springer was 22 when she joined a new corps of female pilots needed to help the country in World War II.

Now 89, the Cincinnati woman is in Washington today with about 180 other former fliers finally to receive the nation's thanks.

Congress is awarding the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor, to members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a civilian branch of the Army Air Force. Fewer than 300 of the 1,100 survive. Relatives of those who have died or could not attend will also get medals.
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