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Gile, Martha Emily Metz, 2d Lt.
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Home Town Miami
Last Address Hillsville, Virginia
Date of Passing Nov 18, 2008
Location of Interment Quantico National Cemetery - Quantico, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates Not Specified
Last Known Activity When the WASPs were deactivated in December of 1944, Emily married and served in the Air Force Reserve until she became pregnant with her son, who was born in 1950. She attended Concordia River Forest College near Chicago to become a Elementary teacher, and received a Masters Degree in reading education at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She became a reading specialist for the Carroll County School system in Virginia and retired from teaching in Virginia. After her retirement she was involved with the American Association for Retired Persons (serving as Chair for the retired teachers), Federation of Women's Clubs, Carroll County Retired Teachers, American Legion and the American Cancer Society, and was the founder of a local chapter of the Young Eagles' Program, designed to provide the opportunity for young kids to experience aviation. The Emily Metz Gile Scholarship helps to send a child to aviation camp.
The specific cause of her death wasn't reported, but she was over 80 years old at the time of her death. She was buried November 28, 2008 at Quantico National Cemetery, Virginia. Martha Emily Metz Giles was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously on July 1, 2009.
Other Comments: She was the daughter of Fred Christian Metz and Julia Fritz Metz and grew up in Miami, Florida. The family had a summer home in Hendersonville, North Carolina and Emily lived in Hendersonville with her son and parents in the early 1950's.
Air Transport Command (ATC) is an United States Air Force unit that was created during World War II as the strategic airlift component of the United States Army Air Forces.
It had two main missions, the first being the delivery of supplies and equipment between the United States and the overseas combat theaters; the second was the ferrying of aircraft from the manufacturing plants in the United States to where they were needed for training or for operational use in combat. ATC also operated a worldwide air transportation system for military personnel.
Inactivated on 1 June 1948, Air Transport Command was the precursor to what became the Military Air Transport Service in 1948 and was redesignated Military Airlift Command (MAC) in 1966. It was consolidated with MAC in 1982, providing a continuous history of long range airlift through 1992 when the mission was transferred to today's Air Mobility Command.