Female WWII pilots barred from Arlington National Cemetery

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 U.S. Air Force Col. David Kirkendall, 647th Air Base Group Commander and Deputy Commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam tours the Arizona Memorial with Kathryn L. Miles, World War II Women's Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), and her daughters Beth Tillinghast and Anne Miles, June 6, 2014, at JBPHH, Hawaii. WASPs performed non-combat missions to enable male pilots to fill combat roles in the war effort. Members of the 747th Communications Squadron Spouses Group hosted the tour. Christopher Hubenthal/USAF
U.S. Air Force Col. David Kirkendall, 647th Air Base Group Commander and Deputy Commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam tours the Arizona Memorial with Kathryn L. Miles, World War II Women's Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), and her daughters Beth Tillinghast and Anne Miles, June 6, 2014, at JBPHH, Hawaii. WASPs performed non-combat missions to enable male pilots to fill combat roles in the war effort. Members of the 747th Communications Squadron Spouses Group hosted the tour. Christopher Hubenthal/USAF

Female WWII pilots barred from Arlington National Cemetery

by: Matthew Barakat | .
The Associated Press | .
published: January 04, 2016

McLEAN, Va. — A rule change is keeping a group of female pilots who flew noncombat missions during World War II from having their ashes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

The women, known as WASPs, served in a special unit called Women Airforce Service Pilots. They flew noncombat missions during the war, to free up male pilots for combat.

During the war, the women were considered civilians. But since 1977, federal law has granted them status as veterans. Since 2002, they have been eligible to have their ashes placed at Arlington.

But in March, the Secretary of the Army ruled that WASPs never should have been allowed in and revoked their eligibility.

The family of a Maryland WASP who died in April is pushing to have the eligibility restored.
 

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