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East Texas World War II heroine Jacqueline Morgan dies

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She was one of the few women who took to the skies during World War II.

I did get shot down once. I didn't fall. I had, they didn't hit a cable, so i was able to land the airplane in an auxiliary field," Jacqueline Morgan told KTRE in 2009.

Jacqueline Morgan was one of only 1,174 WASPs or women air force service pilots.

The Lufkin resident died last night with her family by her side at the age of 94.

 "She had a long and fruitful life, I knew all my life she was special," said Havey Morgan.

Morgan joined the wasps in 1943 and worked as a tow pilot, flying AT6'S and BT-13s, towing targets behind.

Her son Havey Morgan says throughout his life he heard stories of honor and bravery.

 "My mother joined the WASPs because she had an older brother who died in a training accident in the military and she wanted to do something to take his place," said Morgan.

They were considered civilians, with records classified and sealed for thirty-five years. The WASPs weren't offered full military status until 1977

In 2009, Morgan received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

And even though she is gone, she leaves behind a lasting legacy of service.

 "My mother was a war hero as a far as I'm concerned, instilled in me an appreciation for the military and the sacrifice that the military men and women do for the service of our country," said Morgan.

Morgan is survived by her three children and two grandchildren.

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