‘Millie’ earns Congressional Medal for WWII service
Mildred "Millie" Taylor came to Queens in 1938 from a little town called Stanley, N.C. She majored in math and history, and was voted "Most Athletic" by her classmates.
Millie graduated in 1941. A few years later she was driven by patriotism to make a life-changing decision to carry forth Queens' motto which urges serving others and became a Women Airforce Service Pilot.
After completing rigorous training she flew cargo transport planes during World War II and participated in training for male fighter pilots, towing the targets they practiced shooting at in the air.
She was one of 1,102 female volunteer pilots who transported all 78 models of Army Air Corps aircraft and equipment across the United States as WASPs. They wore uniforms, but weren't considered active military and were not eligible to receive Veteran's Administration benefits until 1977. Thirty-eight WASPs died during duty and none received a military funeral.
In February 2010, Congress finally recognized WASPs with a special service, awarding Congressional Medals of Honor to them all in recognition of their tremendous service.
Queens celebrates the legacy of the brave and spunky Millie whose married name is Mildred Taylor Marshall and now lives in Honolulu. We are proud of her service to her country and to call her a Queens alumna.