FACTOID: During World War II 25,000 women volunteered for the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) but only 1,000 were chosen. They were trained to fly and their job as to deliver newly manufactured military planes from the factory to wherever they were needed in the nation. It took decades for them to be recognized as a part of the military and be treated thusly. Another group of unsung heroes were those who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Again it took decades for them to be recognized even though their’s was the most dangerous job in the military. One out of every twenty-five men who sailed on these cargo ships died in combat, more than any other branch of the American military. Take some time to read about the North Atlantic convoys from America to the Soviet ports of Murmansk and Archangel during WWII and what those sailors suffered at the hands of Nazi submarines and aircraft.