Posthumous Award Given To Twin Cities WWII Vet

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Ruth Roberts, Gold Medal in Honor, Congressional, award, WASP pilot, WWII

A framed picture and yearbook picture of Women Airforce Service Pilot Ruth Roberts. (credit: Office Of Sen. Amy Klobuchar)

By Telly Mamayek, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Veterans Day, a long overdue honor was given to a Twin Cities woman who served as a pilot during World War II. Sen. Amy Klobuchar presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Jean Roberts at Catholic Elder Care in Minneapolis.

Jean’s sister Ruth Roberts was a member of WASP, Women’s Air Force Service Pilots, during World War II. The pilots provided cargo service and other military support.

“They weren’t in combat, but they were often flying in war zones,” said Klobuchar.

Ruth Roberts died in 2006, three years before Congress authorized the honor for the pilots.

“Minnesota has always wrapped its arms around their veterans. It’s what this state is all about,” said Klobuchar.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Telly Mamayek Reports

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