This WASP Couldn’t Wait to Fly

To honor our females veterans.

Writing of Kayleen Reusser-Home

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Mary Anna (‘Marty’) Martin Wyall – WASP

One benefit of interviewing World War II veterans is the opportunity to develop friendships. My husband and I consider Marty Wyall a friend. Below is a shortened version of her story from my book, WWII Legacies: Stories of Northeast IN Veterans. You can hear Marty speak about her World War II experiences here. She’s still a spunky gal!

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Mary Anna (‘Marty’) Martin Wyall of Fort Wayne learned about the WASP program from a magazine ad while studying bacteriology at DePauw University in 1942. The idea of flying intrigued her. “There was a war on and I wanted to help my country,” she said.

Her family was not keen on the idea. “Mother thought it was morally wrong for me to join the WASP,” she said. “She came from the Victorian era. I told her she would have to accept it…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on January 28, 2017, in First-hand Accounts, Home Front, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 64 Comments.

  1. She still has that smile.

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  2. We have so many veterans to be proud of; men, women … even dogs! It should be humbling to think about it and no, they should never be forgotten; whenever and wherever they served.

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  3. We have forgotten these brave women

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  4. What a wonderful story! You have me in tears.

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  5. Another bit of history I learned here! This is a great story, GP. I am glad Carter was finally able to give them proper status as veterans of WWII.

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  6. Jackie Cochran was one of the first women flyers I read about–lucky for me because that led to other books about our brilliant women aviators. Bravo to Mary Anna for doing what she did.

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  7. What an incredible example for young women!

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  8. What a brilliant post, thanks for sharing.

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  9. What a great lady.We must respect her and the other also .I tried to click hereabove to hear her voice but the link doesn’twork.

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  10. Fantastic post. Women often get overlooked. What a pretty girl but, omigosh, GP, she looks like she’s barely in her teens. She’s so very young.

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  11. Marvelous choice to share, GP. Hugs.

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  12. we all admire Amy Johnston in my City of Hull….r.i.p x

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  13. we have Amy Johnston we all admire her in Hull sadly died in the war please check out her story R.I.P ,X

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  14. We have in our City Of Hull Amy Johnston very brave and admired lady please check out her story sadly died in the war like so many, a Hull girl r.i.p x

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  15. My City of Hull has Amy Johnson who we all admire for everything she did and died for…
    please check out her story very brave R.I.P

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  16. YAY for the ladies! Brave, strong, determined, smart, capable and so much more!
    Thank you to Marty and all of our military ladies past, present and future!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  17. Amazing women!

    A friend of mine, who was like an Aunt to me, and she flew cargo planes from the HI Islands during WWII. She spent her whole life flying as a taxi plane in So California and I admired her very much. So I can truthfully say I understand Marty’s story and that I truly admire her too.

    Thank you for this share GP. ~~dru~~

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    • You are very welcome. Kayleen told this story very well in tribute and the women do need more recognition. I thank you for sharing the story of your ‘aunt’, that gives us one more veteran we’ve heard about and must remember!

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  18. Exellent!

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  19. Salute to you GP for forwarding this great story of service. (I can actually say I learned something today!)

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  20. I’m glad the contributions were finally recognized. Thanks GP.

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  21. What a pic !! What a gal !!!
    Makes me feel like going to war !!

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  22. So, so much admiration and respect for all who serve in our armed forces and to see women standing along side men to keep this country great. God Bless America.

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  23. I love how strong some women are. They are great models for today’s kids.

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  24. One heck of a story! it reminds me that although culture at the time may have drawn certain “DIVIDING” lines between race and gender, when it came to WINNING the WAR, the real heroes of that time Understood the country could not afford DIVISION…we were all in it together and we were either gonna finish together or die trying. Thanks for sharing!!

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  25. Wonderful! Great to hear about the WASPs. It’s a subject area I know too little about. Thanks for sharing Marty with us, GP.

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  26. I love that photo! And I admire the woman!

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