A Female World War II Pilot Is Finally an Equal at Arlington

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by Katjana Stutzer | No Comments

ARLINGTON, Va. — It took a year and a half after her death in 2015 for the Army to formally recognize what Elaine D. Harmon had known most of her life: That the service of female pilots in World War IIequaled that of the men who fought.

On Wednesday, in a quiet corner of Arlington National Cemetery, the Army made its recognition permanent, allowing Mrs. Harmon’s remains to be laid to rest at last with full military honors alongside her fellow veterans.

Mrs. Harmon, who died in April 2015 at age 95, had been a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, a first-of-its-kind Army unit made up of women who flew planes and trained men to do the same during World War II.

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