This grave marker was discovered by US troops on Kiska Island (Aleutians) in a small graveyard in August 1943. The marker was made and placed by Japanese soldiers, after they had buried an American pilot who had crashed on the island. The marker reads: "Sleeping here, a brave air-hero who lost youth and happiness for his Mother land. July 25 - Nippon Army". A small gesture of humanity amid the Apocalypse.
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1943 Life Magazine - Women Air Force Pilots
WWII -- original caption: "Willa Beatrice Brown, a 31-year-old Negro American, serves her country by training pilots for the U.S. Army Air Forces. She is the first Negro woman to receive a commission as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol."