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Helen Jo Anderson Severson
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Birth: Nov. 2, 1918
Marvin
Grant County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Aug. 30, 1943
Big Spring
Howard County
Texas, USA

Helen was a forgotten veteran who was finally recognized as WWII veteran. It took 60 years, but thanks to Tammy Schroeder, commander of the Grant county american legion, arranged a memorial service for helen, who died in a plane crash while she served her county in the WASP program during the war. and also thanks to tammy, helen was awarded the status of a veteran.

The family of helen tried for many years to have helen recognized as a vet, but tammy did her job and came through for the family. She said women like helen served during the war ferrying military planes around the country. Helen was never given the honor of a military funeral and now her day has come.

Helen attended Dakota state university and received her pilot licence at south dakota university where she also earned her degree in political science, and earned her wings in the SDSU training program. She had been training for the womens airforce service pliots, she was 24 years old.

60 years later helen got the funeral she should had gotten. the rifles were fired and her flag was folded and given to her beloved sister Neoma Isaak after a thunderous flyover.

Helen is laid to rest next to her husband Robert. He was shot down and killed over Germany shortly after helen passed away.
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Info provided by find a grave contribute Janet Gritzner

From Woman's Collection, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX 76204

Record of Women Airforce Service Pilots

Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas. Helen Jo Severson (43-W-5 trainee killed in an accident on August 30, 1943 with her instructor Calvin Atwood and classmate Margaret Seip).


 
 
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 Spouse:
  Robert Allen Severson (1918 - 1944)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Brookings
Brookings County
South Dakota, USA
 
Created by: Dr Marie C.Karban DVM re...
Record added: May 26, 2007
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Feminine Courage.
- Chaplain Clemens
 Added: Feb. 23, 2017
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
- Lily Virdell
 Added: Dec. 27, 2016
We must never forget the women who played a major role in WW II. We must remember them with honor and respect.
- Birdgirl
 Added: Dec. 3, 2016
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