Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West

WASP Congressional Gold Medal
Awarded March 10, 2010

U.S. Air Force
C-SPAN video of the Ceremony


The grandniece of Gertrude Tompkins, Laura Whittall-Scherfee, beams with pride upon receiving the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of her family.

"The Congressional Gold Medal I received in Washington DC last Wednesday on Gertrude's behalf.  It was an incredibly moving experience, especially the Remembrance Service that was held on Tuesday, specifically for the 38 who died in service to their country.  Gertrude's name was read aloud with the other 37 and then 9 of us placed 38 roses on an acrylic pedestal after the memorial wreath was presented.  The missing man formation over the US Air Force Memorial was spectacular."

Laura Whittall-Scherfee


     Congressional Gold Medal    

All photos courtesy the Whittall-Scherfee Family



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