Saturday, March 13, 2010

Great Ladies You Should Know

These gals of WWII were the best of the best. They were called WASP's. They were the Women Airforce Service Pilots and were left out of the history books of WWII. A total of 38 of these brave ladies lost their lives in service to our great country and sadly our government did not pay for a one of these funerals nor did our government provide a US flag to place on their coffins. For burials the WASP's quietly passed the hat and took up a collection. Toward the end of the war they were disbanded and even had to pay their own individual ways home. The WASP's are finally getting the recognition they so justly deserve though sadly, many have already passed. On March 10th, 2010 this group of Veterans was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. God bless our WWII generation and our Lady WASP's!!!

*Pictured above is WASP pilot Deanie Parrish, click HERE under "NOW ONLINE" to hear her moving testimony via RealPlayer...QuickTime or Windows Media, approx 5 minutes long, inspiring, and totally awesome!


Kid said...

Damn right I'll listen to it.

Deanie Parrish, Salute. I'm so glad you all have been recognized.

USA_Admiral said...

Sadly, This is so long overdue.

Squid Thoughts said...

Thanks for posting this! It's about time these patriotic ladies were recognized for their service.

My grandmother was a Coast Guard SPAR (semper paratis-always ready) during WW2 and she was the first woman to receive the silver Congressional Lifesaving Medal. I still have the original newspaper article from South Carolina showing her being awarded the medal by Capt. Dorothea Stratton. I discovered her achievement had been overlooked by the USCG on their history site where they detailed CG firsts, and with their help I was able to get her on their list. Very proud of her and all the women who turned-to in service of their country when it was needed!

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