|Marion Stegeman Hodgson has been a Texan for more than 50 years, but originally hailed from Athens, Georgia, where she attended the University of Georgia. She earned her Private Pilot's license and her college degree when she was 19, the year of Pearl Harbor: 1941. By the time she was 21, Uncle Sam was so desperate for military pilots that he issued a call for licensed women pilots to volunteer for Air Corps flight training – an unheard-of opportunity for girls in that day.|
In 1943, Marion entered Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, in the class of 43-W-5. She was one of the first classes of women to train for the Army Air Forces as a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) and received her silver wings.
Ordered to Love Field in Dallas, Marion served with the 5th Ferrying Group, where she picked up new planes at factories and delivered them to air bases around the country.
Marion Stegeman Hodgson has written a book about her unique experiences in World War II entitled Winning My Wings. She married the hero of the book, a Marine pilot, and they produced three children and six grandchildren and were married for more than 50 years.
Her honors include: Induction into the Order of Daedalians, an organization of military pilots (first WASP inducted), Citizen Patriot Award (from the Department of Defense), The George Haddaway Medal for Achievement in Aviation, Dedicated Service and Exemplary Performance award from Friends of the 2nd Air Division Memorial (England), induction into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame on November 13, 2004, and she has been nominated for the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame for 2005.
Mrs. Hodgson is currently traveling and giving programs about the WASPs and signing copies of Winning My Wings. In addition to this most recent book, She has published short stories and articles in national magazines (McCall's, Good Housekeeping, Guideposts), a novel, four cookbooks and numerous articles about women pilots.
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