Most Popular Military News

More Military Headlines

Senators: Let Female WWII Pilots into Arlington Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

WASHINGTON -- Two dozen U.S. senators want the Army to reverse a policy change barring female World War II pilots from having their ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery.

The pilots are known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs. They flew military aircraft in noncombat roles to free up male pilots for combat. They were considered civilians until Congress granted them veteran status in 1977.

For years, the women were permitted to have their ashes placed at Arlington. But last year, the Army reversed course. Cemetery officials say WASPs never should have been let in and that space in the cemetery is limited.

On Thursday, a group of senators led by Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson and Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal called on Acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy to restore WASPs' eligibility.

Related Topics

Headlines Army Military Memorials Congress Women in the Military World War II Military History Military Benefits

Military News App by

Download the new News App for Android on Google Play or for Apple devices on iTunes!

You May Also Like

© 2016 Military Advantage