Female WWII pilots receive long overdue recognition

February 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Sacramento woman, who was a hero of World War II, is getting some long overdue recognition.

Frances Pullen and other Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPS, are being honored with a congressional gold medal.

It is the nation's highest civilian award.

The female pilots flew non-combat military missions within the United States during the war, but their service was kept secret for decades.

Pullen is one of 300 living WASP members.

"I wasn't looking for a medal. The only thing I was promised when I joined the WASP was a chance to fly," said Pullen.

The 88-year-old says she is hoping to meet President Obama during her trip to Washington next month.