Former WWII pinup girl from Lake Station, 81, honored for morale work

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PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A former U.S. Navy pinup girl whose curvy image graced the sides of American bombers during World War II has been honored for her role boosting soldiers' morale.

At the height of the war, Aline Osborn's seductive photos were on the walls of thousands of GIs' bunks and her image was painted on the sides of bombers by love-struck soldiers.

Osborn, now 81, said she sometimes received 120 or so letters a day from soldiers who had her sexy pinups and wrote to her asking for a date.

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