- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 100-year-old woman from Los Angeles has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for her role in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman announced on Wednesday that pioneering pilot Lt. Col. Jeri Truesdell has received the award.

Sherman co-sponsored legislation earlier this year that would award the medal collectively to people who were members of the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

Truesdell also helped train other female pilots during the war under a Navy volunteers program.

Sherman said in a statement that “Lt. Col. Truesdell is an American hero” and “a pioneer for women in service.”

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