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Jackie Cochran

AKA Bessie Lee Pittman

Born: 11-May-1906
Birthplace: Muscogee, FL
Died: 9-Aug-1980
Location of death: Indio, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Coachella Valley Cemetery, Coachella, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Aviator
Party Affiliation: Republican [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First woman to break the sound barrier

Military service: Women's Army Corps


[1] Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, 1952 Republican National Convention.

Father: Ira Pittman
Mother: Mary Grant
Sister: Mamie Pittman Hydle
Husband: Robert Cochran (m. 13-Nov-1920, div.)
Son: Robert Cochran Jr. (b. 1921, d., fire)
Husband: Floyd Bostwick Odlum (m. 1936, d. 1976)

    Northrop (1961)
    Saks
    Distinguished Flying Cross (1969)
    Distinguished Service Medal (1945)
    French Legion of Honor
    National Women's Hall of Fame (1993)
    Open Heart Surgery pacemaker implant


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