WWII spy honored with Congressional Gold Medal at 98

A 98-year-old Massachusetts woman was honored Tuesday with the nation's highest civilian award, nearly 80 years after serving the country as a spy in World War II. 

Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkThe Hill's Morning Report - Fallout from day one of Trump impeachment hearing 'Squad' members recruit Raskin to run for Oversight gavel House passes third bill aimed at preventing foreign election interference MORE (D-Mass.) honored Lincoln resident Patricia Warner with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Warner joined the war effort after losing her husband in battle in 1942. 

"My husband was killed in the war, and I wanted to do something useful," Warner told local Boston CBS-affiliate WBZ

Warner went on to join the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, a spy agency that later became the CIA.

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Clark said she was honored to recognize Warner, adding that many stories of heroic women go untold.

During the war, Warner was sent to infiltrate high society in pro-Nazi Spain, as well as aid American pilots shot down in Nazi-occupied France, according to WBZ.

Warner told the station that receiving the award, which has also been given to President George Washington, General Ulysses S. Grant and civil rights hero Rosa Parks, "means a lot."

"I don't think anyone ever thanks me, and I never though I needed thanking," she said. "But to see this now is very touching and I'm very grateful." 

The Congressional Gold Medal, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is the highest civilian award in the nation.