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Congress passes bill to allow inurnment of WASPs at Arlington National Cemetery

Congress passes bill to allow inurnment of WASPs at Arlington National Cemetery

Congress has approved legislation to allow Women Airforce Service Pilots who flew domestic missions during World War II to be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery.

The House of Representatives passed the legislation Thursday. It now awaits the president's signature.

About 1,700 women — including 14 Marylanders — flew noncombat military missions as WASPs. They delivered war planes, ferried cargo and towed targets for other pilots. Thirty-eight died.

The women and their descendants have struggled for recognition. They were not granted veteran status until 1977. And though the superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery allowed the women to be interred...

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