Women have played a role in major combats throughout history.
Members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots became the first women to fly military aircraft in 1942, taking on flight missions at bases across the country to free up male pilots for combat duty. Surviving members were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Barack Obama in 2010.
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Courtesy: UW-La Crosse Professor Greg Wegner
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