Female WWII pilot laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Elaine Harmon was a WASP — a woman flying military planes to free up a male pilot for combat. WASPs have received veteran status, but the Army had ruled their ashes couldn’t be placed at Arlington.

“We had exactly the same training as the male cadets — some of the women ferried airplanes, some towed targets… [in training, troops shot] live bullets at our targets. Fortunately they did not hit our planes, but they did not hit the target every time either.”