On June 4th 1974, Sally Murphy became the first woman to qualify as an aviator with the U.S. Army.
Sally Murphy was born in Wichita, Kansas and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. She attended Shawnee Missloo High School in 1967. A month after graduation, she joined the United States Army.
Following completion of the course, Murphy then entered into the Aviation School when it opened its ranks to women.
During flight school on her first day, the officer in charge singled Murphy out in front of the class and announced that she was the first woman to go through flight school at Fort Rucker. A captain once demanded to know what she was doing wearing a flight suit and accused her of making a mockery of it.
Later, she learned that some civilian contractor flight instructors refused to train her. She never suffered any sexual harassment, only sexual discrimination because of the policies that barred women from fighting alongside men on the ground.
After 26 years of service, Murphy retired as a colonel in 1999 and received the U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute Veteran Commendation. In March 2009, she was honored at a ceremony at Fort Myer in Arlington County, Virginia.
During the service, she was lauded as a groundbreaker that made progressing through the army easier for the women who wanted to follow in her footsteps.
Today’s YouTube video clip shared by user name Department of Defense, shares with you the Pentagon channel Report of Sally Murphy’s retirement celebration in 2009.
Murphy’s first marriage ended in divorce. After flight school, she married a combat Huey helicopter pilot who had served in Vietnam. They have a son, now a 29-year-old captain with the 82nd Airborne Division who has deployed once to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. Her daughter-in-law is also a soldier and has served two tours in Iraq.
In 2009, an event celebration of retired pilots, when an emotional Murphy took the stage, she wasted no time telling the audience how she felt about her many years in service.
“I love being in the Army, I love being an aviator, and I love being in intelligence,” she said, fighting back tears.
If this story resonates with you, remember this when it comes to achieving your dreams.
Don’t worry what people say behind your back, because their finding faults in your life, instead of fixing the faults in their own life.
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