Lufkin woman honored with the Congressional Gold Medal

By Morgan Thomas - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A Lufkin woman is one of only 1,830 WASP – or Women Air Force Service Pilots – to be honored with a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress.

Jacqueline Morgan of Lufkin flew A-T-6 planes during World War II.  Six hours a day, six days a week, she drug targets through the air while service men shot at it while training to go overseas.   While most women stayed home looking after their children and families, WASP became the first women in history to fly American military aircraft.  She thinks the award is well-deserved by the squad, "well it was a long time coming, but there were some who did a whole lot more than I did, and the ones who flew the airplanes and the fire command really deserve the award.  Of course I feel like I did my part too."

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, that is bestowed by the United States Congress.

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