Female WWII pilots barred from Arlington National Cemetery
This Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), provided by the family, taken in the 1940s, shows Elaine Harmon. The ashes of World War II veteran Harmon are sitting in a closet in her daughters home, where they will remain until they can go where her family says is her rightful resting place: Arlington National Cemetery. Harmon was a pilot in World War II under a special program, Women Airforce Service Pilots, that flew noncombat missions to free up male pilots for combat. They were granted veteran status in 1977 and have been eligible for placement at Arlington Cemetery since 2002. But earlier this year, then-Army Secretary John McHugh reversed course and ruled WASPs ineligible.