It’s kind of hard to believe that women who served in the military during World War II, WACS and WASPS, were not even even considered veterans until 1972. Maybe because the majority of these service women worked stateside building airplanes and tanks. These courageous ladies really forged the way for all women to follow. The original women’s libbers.
The September honor flight was waaaay overdue. Veterans as old as 96 were hosted on this flight to tour the nation’s capital and visit the memorials commemorating their service.
Several veterans tell their amazing stories in the video below. Be sure to read what Dorothy Kist did during the war!
Here’s an excerpt from the article below.
CINCINNATI – Dorothy Kist has been to Washington, D.C., before, but never quite like this.
On Tuesday, at 8 a.m. sharp, she was one of 140-plus aboard an Honor Flight bound for the capital city from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. As par for the course, all passengers on the flight were veterans. But, for the first time ever, all those veterans are women.
— Dwayne Slavey (@PhotogDSlavey) September 22, 2015
It’s an historic moment for Honor Flight and Honor Flight Tri-State, a hub of the national non-profit that’s worked since 2005 to transport military veterans to their respective war memorials in D.C. Flights – there’s five day-long trips from CVG each year – traditionally only charter former service members age 65 and older, and no local flight has ever included more than five women vets at a time, Cheryl Popp, Honor Flight Tri-State director, said…
…Kist, 91, a Navy radio operator during World War II, is just one of those stories.In 1944, at the age of 19, she enlisted, and just three days after her 20th birthday, she deployed to Hunter College in New York City. Since she was studying accounting, she thought she’d be relegated to a desk job, but she was among a select group of 40 in her platoon chosen to be singers; Kist said they would sing to sell war bonds on Times Square and on different radio shows as part of the effort
Afterward, she landed the job as a radio operator. She served for about two years in all until the war ended, and she was decommissioned.
“Everybody teases me about it now, because I’ll never remember how we did it, but they taught us how to make a radio out of a paper clip, a rubber band and a stone. And we did get code,” Kist said. “When you look back at all the things you did, you wonder how you managed it, but we did. We had to work hard; it wasn’t an easy job. But I enjoyed it.”…