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CAP to get recognition for WW II patrols

February 25, 2013 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

First it was the Tuskegee Airmen who, after waiting 51 years after World War II, got their just recognition with a Congressional Gold Medal. Then it was the Women Airforce Service Pilots who got the medal four years later. Now, there is an effort to honor the founders of the Civil Air Patrol with the medal, and thus all who flew with the CAP during the war. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has launched a bill to honor 60,000 civilians–men and women 18-81 years old–who were CAP members. “Our founding members helped save lives and preserve our nation’s freedom,” said Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP’s national commander. The CAP conducted anti-submarine coastal patrols up to 100 miles offshore in March 1942 after 52 oil tankers had been sunk. They carried 50-, 100- and 325-pound bombs or depth charges, attacking 57 enemy submarines and reporting 173 to the military.

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One Response to “CAP to get recognition for WW II patrols”

  1. Lt Col Paul Hertel Says:

    CGM bills honoring the unusual service of Civil Air Patrols World War II members have been introduced early in the 113th Congress. During the war CAP’s unpaid volunteers flew dangerous anti-submarine combat operations, target towing and other critical national missions in their own aircraft. The CGM would involve a single medal in honor of all CAP WWII veterans and their service during a time of dire need by the nation. This CGM is similar to the CGM bills passed for the Tuskegee Airmen and Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). A single medal would be struck at no cost to the government; the $30,000 involved would come from a revolving U.S. Mint account funded by the sale of replica medals. In the 112th Congress similar bipartisan bills passed the Senate (S. 418) and gained 205 cosponsors in the House (HR719).
    The two bill numbers are Senate bill S. 309 and House bill H.R. 755.
    Recommendation: Ask every Member of Congress to contact either Tom Buttry (Sen. Harkin, IA) or Andy Taylor (Rep. McCaul, TX) to become bill cosponsors—we must have 67 Senators and 290 Representatives as cosponsors for these bills to be considered within their relevant committees.
    Civil Air Patrol members had good success yesterday during their annual Legislative day in Washington D.C. getting co-sponsors to these bills. More needs to be one though. Please call your representative and urge them to co-sponsor. With out the co-sponsors they won’t be voted on. Go here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ to find your representative. This isn’t just a CAP thing. It’s a national thing.

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