Ty, as I called her was my very best friends Mother. She was a character and a hero in her time. She was one of the first WASP's to fly in World War II. She attended civilian pilot training and received her commercial and flight instructor ratings on her 18th birthday and at 20 she graduated as a WASP. As a teenager she spent most of her time at Fly Field in Yuma, AZ servicing planes and learning all about them. She was flying planes when she was 15. She later was a flight instructor and a teacher.
All records of the WASP were classified and sealed for 35 years, so their contributions to the war effort were little known and inaccessible to historians. In 1975, under the leadership of Col. Bruce Arnold, son of General Hap Arnold, the WASPs fought the "Battle of Congress" in Washington, D.C., to belatedly obtain recognition as veterans of World War II.
On July 1, 2009 President Barack Obama and the United States Congress awarded the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal.