Operation Celestial Flight
WASP FG Shutsy Reynolds, Artist and Silversmith,
Designer of the 38 Memorial Grave Site Flag Stands.
Thirty-eight young women, all volunteers in an Army Air Force WWII "experiment"
were killed in the line of duty. 65 years later, a U.S. Army Chaplain, intrigued
by the history of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP), embarked on a
mission “…to honor the dead” by ensuring they are properly identified and buried
a proper military funeral. Many of the 38 grave sites have no military symbols or
markings. On most, the American Flag never flew and no memorial services were ever
held. Ignored by the public and veteran organizations, these brave young women have
been forgotten, except by their sister WASP. The chaplain has initiated action to correct
this 65-year old oversight. At his own expense, he is having personalized bronze flag
holders cast, family members and local veteran organizations contacted, and memorial
services held or scheduled. A bronze commemorative medallion has been designed
by WASP FG Shutsy Reynolds. Shutsy has also reproduced and donated six sterling
silver WASP wings. She has donated the medallions and WASP wings to help raise
funds to defray the cost of the 38 bronze flag holder markers. Many thanks to
Chaplain Capt. Clemens, OIC; F. Shutsy Reynolds, WASP, Administrator;
Dawn Seymour WASP, Memorials; Sara Hayden WASP, Military Veteran Affairs;
Scott Ferguson, Researcher; and Susan Cooper, Coordinator and Public Relations.