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Frank Doolittle, 104, awarded Congressional Gold Medal 70 years later
Frank Doolittle doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. At 104, the Bainbridge (N.Y.) man, dressed smartly in a light, pressed shirt and tan slacks, says he was “just doing what you were told" when he served in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II, learning to fly and conduct covert maneuvers, on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week while simultaneously working fulltime at his family's saw mill. ...(Nov. 20)

PressConnects.com (part of the USA Today Network)

 
Civil Air Patrol honors 89-year-old pilot with Congressional Gold Medal

The year was 1944. The United States had been fully involved in World War II for three years, and 16-year-old June Minton knew she wanted to serve her country, so she joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet. “I wanted to join the Air Force, but at 16, I couldn't so that was the closest thing to it," Minton said. Now 73 years later -- at age 89 -- she was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal on Saturday for her role in defense of the country. ...(Nov. 19)

WSIL-TV (Carterville, Ill.)


Before her time: Lockport woman receives Congressional Gold Medal posthumously
Dorothy Gregory-Watkins caught the “flying bug” at age 9, after receiving her first lesson at a local fair in 1927. Her interest in flying led the Lockport, New York, resident to obtain her pilot’s license and to enter into seven years of service with Civil Air Patrol, performing local search-and-rescue missions and doing ice patrol on the Great Lakes to keep shipping lanes open for war supplies during World War II. For that service, Gregory-Watkins was recently awarded a posthumous CAP Congressional Gold Medal. “She had quite a life, and at that time, quite a life for a female,” said Darcee Rae Hughes, Gregory-Watkins’ daughter, who was among 30 of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on hand to accept the honor on her behalf. ... (Jan. 24)

Lockport (N.Y.) Journal


WWII Civil Air Patrol veteran honored in Fort Smith

World War II Civil Air Patrol veteran Ralph Watson was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal on Thursday. Making the presentation in Fort Smith, Arkansas, were U.S. Sen. John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Steve Womack. "I don't deserve this," said Watson, who comes from a family of three CAP volunteers. "I did it really for the people that served with me. They were great people to be with." ... (Oct. 20)

5 News Online (Fort Smith, Ark.)
 
KHBS-TV (Fort Smith) and KHOG-TV (Rogers, Ark.)



WWII cadet receives CAP Congressional Gold Medal
 
It's not everyday someone can say they've earned a pilot's license before their driver's license, or went on to join the U.S. Air Force and then attend MIT at their own expense. Such is the case of longtime Alexandria, Virginia resident and mother of four, Elizabeth 'Libby' Daggit Haynes, 89, a World War II Civil Air Patrol cadet. Oct. 1 marked another achievement. Haynes received the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal. ... (Oct. 9)
 
 
Aviation legend Wes Hillman dies at 94
 
An aviation legend in western Virginia has died. Wes Hillman was 94 years old. He was in the spotlight a year ago, when several hundred people gathered at the Virginia Museum of Transportation to honor him. Hillman  wore his old uniform and a big smile, as he received a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal for his work with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Find out more about Hillman, commander of the Roanoke CAP squadron  during the war, and his life’s work with student pilots at Hillman Flying Service in this report by WDBJ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke. Hillman is also featured in an article written by Amy Friedenberger for The Roanoke Times. ... (April 25)

WDBJ-TV (Roanoke, Va.)
The Roanoke Times
 
 
Hazleton native awarded service medal

As a member of Civil Air Patrol, the late Calvin Pardee III of Hazleton, Pa., piloted his plane off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in search of German submarines. He worked from dawn to dusk in the World War II  volunteer post, and was recently honored posthumously for his service. A replica of the Congressional Gold Medal was presented to his daughter-in-law, Ann Conahan Pardee of Conyngham, who accepted on his behalf. ... (April 25)

Standard Speaker (Hazleton, Pa.)
 
 
Cedar Rapids man receives Congressional Gold Medal
 
A Cedar Rapids, Iowa man who served in Civil Air Patrol received the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress. On Sunday, the late Willard Carson – a longtime member of CAP’s Iowa Wing who became a pilot in 1938 – was posthumously awarded a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal. His son, Carl Carson, accepted the medal during Sunday's ceremony. ... (April 24)
 
KCRG-TV9 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
 
 
LaMotte receives award for CAP service during WWII
 
For Richard LaMotte, it was a surprise to find out he was being awarded a replica of the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal. The 91-year-old South St. Paul, Minn. resident, who helped start a Civil Air Patrol squadron at South St. Paul High School and later served with CAP while in the Army Reserve, was given the medal and award recently during a ceremony at Fleming Field. ... (April 24)

LillieNews.com (St Paul, Minn.)


Polo man earns nation's highest civilian honor

A Polo, Illinois man never got the chance to have a medal pinned on his chest for his war service – but that doesn’t mean he didn’t earn it. It just took Congress more than seven decades to salute Melvin Haak. Unfortunately, they were 4 years too late. Haak died from bone cancer in October 2012 when he was 89. Now, 71 years after he climbed out of the cockpit, Civil Air Patrol Tech. Sgt. Haak was recognized with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest civilian award given by Congress – during a ceremony Saturday afternoon. His wife, Elaine, 89, and his three children were on hand to accept the award on his behalf. ... (April 17)

SaukValley.com (Sterling, Ill.)


New Jersey man receives Congressional Gold Medal for service as WWII pilot
 
Milton “Manny” Shucard of Paramus, N.J, has accomplished plenty. He fought 12 times as a professional boxer under the name “Jersey Devil” to provide for his family. He fully restored a 1959 Jaguar XK150 Roadster that was used in four movies. He even jumped out of planes as a paratrooper. Now the 93-year-old Shucard can add another achievement to a life fully lived: a Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a Civil Air Patrol pilot during World War II. ... (Feb. 16)

NorthJersey.com

 
Sioux Falls man awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Decades after volunteering to help protect his country as part of the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, a lifelong Sioux Falls resident received a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously for his service during World War II. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., awarded Cadet Walter Wilson the medal Monday afternoon at Thune's office in Sioux Falls. Wilson's widow, Shirley Wilson, accepted the medal on her husband's behalf. ... (Dec. 22)
 
Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.)


101-year-old Conn. man receives medal for World War II service

Michael Popovich held the gold medal gently, in his cupped hands, remembering when he received the honor that he said brought tears to his eyes. “It's 0.4 ounces,” the West Hartford resident said proudly. “I weighed it.” Popovich was surprised with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal on Oct. 17, his 101st birthday, in recognition of his service as a CAP subchaser during World War II. Congress passed a bill in 2014 to award the gold medal to Civil Air Patrol in honor of CAP members who served on the home front during the war. ... (Nov. 9)

Hartford (Conn.) Courant


70 years overdue, Minn. woman receives award in father's honor

It started with a photo. Jan Plumb opened a box from her mom labeled “open when you have time.” Inside was a photo of her and her late father, Lt. William Haier, that she had never seen before. “I got to this and I just couldn’t get any further. That was so tender for me that I just had a few tears,” said Plumb, who then wanted to learn more about Haier’s past as a lieutenant in Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Her digging would lead to her dad being posthumously honored recently with a bronze replica of the CAP Congressional Gold Medal. ... (Nov. 3)

LillieNews.com (St. Paul, Minn.)


Fla. woman's World War II CAP service recognized

Margaret Magners Heinly doesn't think of herself as a pioneer. She was just doing her fair share. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, launching the United States into World War II, the 17-year-old joined a new volunteer organization called the Civil Air Patrol in Boyertown, Pa. Heinly, who lives in Brandon, was honored earlier this week along with the family of the late Gordon Bell. In a Monday evening ceremony at Limona Village United Methodist Church, both were awarded bronze replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal for their CAP service during the war. ...(Oct. 29)
 
 
 
Va. Beach woman, 85, awarded congressional medal for Civil Air Patrol service

Virginia Lee Bloom sat in the tiny backseat of a Piper Cub plane Sunday afternoon, smiling and waving as the aircraft started to whir and take off. It had been seven decades since she'd last been in that seat. "I look like I belong here, don't I?" she said with a laugh. The flight was part of a full day of festivities for Bloom, 85, who was awarded a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal on Sunday for her service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. The medal is the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. ... (Oct. 26)

The Virginian-Pilot Online

 
Civil Air Patrol honors Jack Parker for World War II service Thursday night

Thursday night a reception was held to honor the “selfless volunteer service of the Civil Air Patrol World War II veterans” and one veteran in particular, Earl M. “Jack” Parker of Brookville, Pennsylvania. Parker was awarded a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal struck to honor the CAP members at a reception hosted by the Jefferson County Historical Society at the Heritage House. “It gives me a good feeling to have served my country, the great United States of America, in this capacity and to this day I am proud to be an American,” said Parker. “I give praise and glory to God for this privilege.” ... (Oct. 23)

 Jeffersonian Democrat (Brookville, Pa.)


Washington state aviation pioneer honored

Yakima aviation pioneer Charles McAllister received a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal Saturday afternoon, nearly two decades after his death. McAllister's medal is for his Civil Air Patrol service as a flight instructor during World War II. McAllister was born in the same year the Wright Brothers took their first flight and his first pilot license was signed by Orville Wright. Charlie would be thrilled about this award," said his former colleague, Roberta Dell. "Even though he was not one to toot his own horn, he was always thrilled, and very honored to get any awards that he got, and always very gracious." … (Sept. 26)

KIMATV.com (Yakima, Wash.)


South Dakota governor presents medals to two women who served in 1940s

More than 70 years ago, two young women from South Dakota decided they wanted to do something to help their country during World War II. A lot has changed in the past seven decades, but their service hasn't been forgotten. On Monday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented Congressional Gold Medals to Pauline Brehe and Lois Schmidt for their contributions.
... (Aug 24)

KDLT.com (Sioux Falls, S.D.)


Congressional Gold Medal presented to Bowling Green family

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie of Kentucky presented a family Thursday with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal at the Bowling Green Warren County Regional Airport. The family received the award on behalf of Dr. L.K. Causey, who served in the Civil Air Patrol in Bowling Green during World War II. “A lot of people don't realize that Bowling Green Airport is actually called Causey Field,” said Guthrie. This is the first of three replica Congressional Gold Medals that will be presented in Kentucky in the upcoming months, the remaining two will be in Louisville on Sept. 19. ... (Aug. 13)

WBKO.com (Bowling Green, Ky.)


Congressman presents Congressional Gold Medal to family of Alfred Corbran

During a special ceremony at Ironworkers Local No. 6, U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins of New York and leaders from Civil Air Patrol presented the family of Alfred Corbran with the Congressional Gold Medal. During World War II, Corbran was a member of CAP, protecting the U.S. coastal areas from enemy intruders. “He stepped forward to secure our country as a member of CAP and stepped up to help build this nation as an ironworker,” said Higgins. “His contributions are ingrained in the projects he constructed, the family he loved and the freedoms he worked to defend.” ... (Aug. 6)

WNYpapers.com (Western New York)


World War II pilot honored posthumously

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota has presented the Congressional Gold Medal – the nation’s highest civilian award – to the family of a man who served as a Civil Air Patrol pilot during World War II. Dave Jeffries accepted the award in honor of his late father, Vernon Roy Jeffries, who was a volunteer CAP pilot who flew airplanes off the coast of New Jersey looking for Nazi submarines. …(June 29)

KOTA-TV (Rapid City, S.D.)


Recognized – 70 years later

Corrine Rechtzigel of Isle, Minn., joined the Civil Air Patrol in June of 1945, just as World War II was ending. And though she stresses she is no hero and was not involved in the war effort, she is proud of her membership in the organization. At age 86, after 70 years, Rechtzigel is receiving a commendation for her service. She will be given a bronze replica of the Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal for her service during WWII at a ceremony on Monday at the Brainerd Airport. ... (June 19)

Mille Lacs Messenger (Isle, Minn.) 


Illinois congresswoman honors World War II pilot

In recognition of her service during World War II, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, honored World War II Civil Air Patrol pilot Phyllis Harvey at a recent Monday morning coffee in Oswego, Illinois. “World War II touched every single American and united us towards one common goal,” Kifowit said. “Phyllis joined thousands of women who answered the call to serve their country and free the world from tyranny.” … (June 18)

Oswego (Ill.) Patch


John Atherton awarded Congressional Gold Medal replica

John Atherton of Emporia, Kansas received a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal at the Kansas Wing Conference on May 23 in Salina. The actual Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the Civil Air Patrol, of which Atherton is a member. Atherton is one of three Kansans who have received the award, the others being George Boyd and Toby Elster of Wichita. … (June 2)

Emporia (Kan.) Gazette


Maine pilot awarded Congressional Gold Medal

A former Civil Air Patrol pilot from Coastal Patrol Base 19 in Portland, Maine was recognized posthumously at a special ceremony Saturday. Walter Soule joined CAP back in 1942 during World War II, and flew anti-submarine patrols from the New Hampshire border to Port Clyde. Saturday morning he was honored with a replica Congressional Gold Medal for his service. His daughter Elizabeth Waldron accepted the medal in his name at the Maine Military Museum. A similar ceremony was held in West Virginia, where a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the state Culture Center in Charleston honored six CAP members who served during World War II, including two who are still living. …(May 30)

WCSH-TV (Portland, Maine)


WWII Civil Air Patrol participants awarded with medals

Charles Swaim of Falling Waters, West Virginia accepts a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal from Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., in honor of his service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. The medal ceremony took place on Saturday at the state Culture Center in Charleston. In December, the Civil Air Patrol organization was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington in honor of its founding members’ roles in protecting the homeland against German U-boat attacks, and for other wartime domestic aerial missions. The organization began on Dec. 1, 1941, six days before Pearl Harbor. …(May 30)

West Virginia Gazette 


Sunoco honors Civil Air Patrol for efforts during World War II

Harkening back to a time when German submarines trolled the East Coast, a dedication ceremony was held Friday in front of the 9-foot Seamen's Memorial in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, to remember those who served by ship and by air during World War II. Members of the community joined Sunoco, Sunoco Logistics and Civil Air Patrol to remember the mariners who transported oil and the CAP volunteers who protected America's shores during that period ... (May 15)

Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times


Alfred Station's Wally Higgins receives Congressional Gold Medal

Wally Higgins earned a handful of medals for his military service with the Air Corps during World War II. He earned another one Friday during a ceremony by the Allegany County Office of the Aging at its annual luncheon in Belmont, New York. The Alfred Station resident, 89, was presented with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal for his service with Civil Air Patrol, which occurred before he trained with the Tuskegee Airmen and served in the Air Corps. ... (May 8, 9)
 
WWII patriotism led woman to join Civil Air Patrol

There weren't many ways a young woman could help defend her country when Johnnie Pantanelli graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1943. So she joined one of the few organizations that welcomed women during World War II: the Civil Air Patrol. Now, more than 71 years later, the motorcycle-riding great-grandmother is still a member. And the CAP colonel's wartime service has been recognized with a share of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor from the U.S. House of Representatives. "It's quite an honor and a privilege," the White Plains resident said Tuesday after she was feted at a weekend ceremony at Lake George. ... (May 6)
 
 
 
New Hampshire man, others honored for World War II service

Daniel Harvey spoke for at least five minutes _
Boston Post Cane in one hand, his replica Congressional Gold Medal in the other _ relieving his times learning to fly in the Civil Air Patrol when the Pease Air Force Base was "just a field" and they were just civilians helping the war effort at home int he 1940s. "When I think back, I think that someone must have been looking out for us fools," Harvey said. The 94-year-old resident of Epping, New Hamphire, was the only living member of the four area recipients of the medal for serving in CAP during World War II. Other recipients honored Thursday night at the Pease Air National Guard Base were Flora Langley Goodrich, Joseph Michael Verna and David B. Watson, all of whom were represented by family members. ... (April 30)

Seacoast Online (Portsmouth, N.H.)


Alex Mills receives Congressional Gold Medal for service during World War II

Everyone gathered at Enon Baptist Church in Rome agreed they were honored to be part of the ceremony awarding Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Lt. Col. Alex Mills with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal, which was presented to CAP for its members' World War II service. U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., attended the 11 a.m. service Sunday at the church to present Mills, a member of the congregation, with his medal, one of the highest awards Congress can give a civilian. ... (April 27)
 
Rome (Ga.) News Tribune


Longtime Civil Air Patrol member shares history

Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Otha "Skeet" Vaughan may be one of the few citizens to receive a Congressional Gold Medal, but it's almost a guarantee that he's the only honoree to also have a driver's license for the moon. Vaughan received the Congressgional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, along with other CAP members who served during World War II. He shared his experience in Civil Air Patrol, as well as stories from his 39-year NASA career, with CAP cadets at a recent Redstone Composite Squadron meeting. ... (April 22)

The Redstone Rocket (Huntsville, Ala.)


 
Congresswoman stops in Pierre to honor late Civil Air Patrol pilot

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem shares a passion for honoring the nation's veterans like many other South Dakotans, and that passion was evident on Saturday night when Noem spoke to the state Civil Air Patrol's annual conference in Pierre. Noem was in Pierre to present the family of WWII-era Civil Air Patrol pilot John Rae with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal. In doing so, she described Rae as a man of integrity and told how his service in CAP prepared him for a lifetime of service to his country. ... (April 19)
 
KCCR AM 1240 (Pierre, S.D.)

 
Idaho couple honored posthumously for Civil Air Patrol work

A pair of Booneville County aviation pioneers were recognized posthumously recently with one of the nation's highest civilian honors. Former Civil Air Patrol Lts. John "Mark" Hoff and his wife, Onita Hoff, were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for their work with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. The Hoffs' three children went to the Statehouse in Boise on March 26 to receive the award. Lt. Cols. Jetmund (Jerry) Knut Litell, Edwin Shiller and Helenmerie "Rie" Walker also were honored during the ceremony. ... (April 14)

Post Register (Idaho Falls)
 
 
Georgians honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Two men from Athens, Ga., longtime businessman and former State Rep. Bob Argo and Julian Scott, now of Atlanta, are among the last surviving members of the base that Civil Air Patrol established on Georgia's St. Simons Island in 1942. Argo, now 91, augmented his work as a guard and assisting in gassing up aircraft with copilot duty. Scott worked as a mechanic at the installation, also known as Coastal Patrol Base 6. The men, who also were roommates, now have something else in common --
both are recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal. ... (March 31)
 
 
 
Virginia Beach woman recalls World War II service
 
Eleanor "Ellie" Jane Friel has long dismissed her service with Civil Air Patrol In World War II. When asked about her role as a volunteer aviator protecting American soil, she would tell her daughter-in-law, Sherry Friel, "That's ancient history; nobody cares about that stuff." But ancient history came to life this January, in the form of an old CAP scrapbook, and Ellie, age 92, is learning that lots of people cared. She will receive a replica Congressional Gold Medal, like the one presented to CAP in December 2014 in honor of its WWII members' service, in an April 4 ceremony at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. ... (March 30)
 
HamptonRoads.com


Pennsylvania CAP veteran to receive Congressional Gold Award

Fifteen-year-old Newt Robbins was caught up in a wave of patriotism in 1942, and he volunteered to serve in Civil Air Patrol with hopes of defeating America's enemies in combat in World War II. "We had a war on, and that was the thing to do, was to volunteer," said the Carlisle, Pa., resident. On March 28, Robbins will receive a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal, which was presented to CAP in honor of its WWII-era veterans. ... (March 13)

The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.)


Civil Air Patrol service garners Congressional Gold Medals for Minnesotans

Three citizens of Faribault, Minn. _ 95-year-old World War II pilot Liz Strohfus, the late Roy Anderson Sr., and the late W. Stewart Shaft _
were recently awarded replica Congressional Gold Medals for their service in Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Dr. Roy Anderson's father, Roy Anderson Sr., served in CAP from February 1942 to March 1946. Dr. Roy Anderson accepted a medal on his father's behalf on Jan. 24 at Fleming Field in South St. Paul. Carroll Springmeyer and Stewart Shaft also accepted a medal on behalf of their father, W. Stewart Shaft, at the Fleming Field ceremony. Strohfus, who also received a medal in 2010 for service in the Women's Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, program during WWII, told Stewart and Springmeyer that it was because of their father that she started flying. "I was kind of timid," she said. "He helped me to be more outgoing. He was very encouraging." ... (March 4)

Faribault (Minn.) Daily News


Early Civil Air Patrol members honored in Maine

Four Civil Air Patrol pilots, who helped protect America's shores during World War II, were honored with replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal in a presentation ceremony Saturday at the Auburn-Lewiston (Maine) Municipal Airport. Col. Donald Hancock of nearby Norway was the lone living recipient, honored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. Other members were represented by their families and honored posthumously. ... (Feb. 21)
 

Arkansas man honored with congressional gold

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack presented Manny Redifer with the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony in the historic Victorian house that serves as the Arkansas congressman's Fort Smith office. Redifer, 89, of Hackett volunteered for Civil Air Patrol in South Bend, Indiana, and later served in the U.S. Air Force, Womack said. The congressman paraphrased a sentence from the forward of Tom Brokaw's book The Greatest Generation: "This generation won the war and saved the world." He said Redifer's medal was a "small token of our appreciation for what you've done through your work with Civil Air Patrol and in support of the efforts that helped us win that war." ... (Feb. 20)

Arkansas Online (Little Rock)
Times Record Online Edition (Fort Smith)


La Crosse's Bruring receives highest civilian honor

Lt. Col. William Bruring was recognized for his service in World War II under the Civil Air Patrol Saturday. Bruring received a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal at CAP's Wisconsin Wing headquarters. The rarely awarded medal, considered to be the country's highest civilian honor, was presented to him by Congressman Ron Kind, who says it's never too late to recognize those who fought for the United States. ... (Feb. 14, 16)
 
WKBT-TV (La Crosse, Wis.)
Former Mayor Gordon Ebbert to be honored for service to country

During the days of World War II, a homefront attack was a real threat after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The late Gordon Ebbert, a former mayor of Moses Lake, Wash., was among 200,000 Civil Air Patrol members who helped guard the American coast from German U-boat attacks. More than 70 years later, on Feb. 24, Ebbert and three other Washington state men will receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their service. ... (Feb. 4)
 
Columbia Basin Herald (Moses Lake, Wash.)


Original members of Civil Air Patrol honored for WWII service

Thirteen members of the original New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol were Congressional Gold Medal honorees in a ceremony Saturday at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry. Members received replicas of the gold medal in the ceremony, attended by Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and other lawmakers and aviation officials. ... (Feb. 3)

Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Mass.)


Pioneering pilot earns belated praise from her country

Peter Oxford has a favorite photo of his grandmother, the late Nancy (Hopkins) Tier. The beaming young woman is sporting a light-colored aviator's cap, her old-school goggles strapped snugly on her forehead as she smiles for the camera. The photo captures the essence of a woman who was indeed way ahead of her time. Tier and other New England alums of the Civil Air Patrol, known as CAP, will soon be awarded replica Congressional Gold Medals for their volunteer service during World War II. ... (Jan. 29)
 
Addison County (Vt.) Independent


Still flying high, and now she has a national award

Despite recent medical setbacks, 86-year-old Carolyn Guertin was still around for what she now considers to be "the biggest day in my life." In December, she was summoned to Washington, as one of the earliest members of the Civil Air Patrol, to be honored when the organization was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for the contributions of its volunteer members during World War II. ... (Jan. 18)

Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
 
 
Female pilot honored for keeping watch over power plant

Bonnie Baker was a pilot who flew in service during World War II, but few history books mention her or any other members of the Civil Air Patrol. Like all of CAP's earliest members, Baker volunteered to protect the home front. She flew along the Muskingum River and kept an eye on the power station in Philo, which was the latest technology at the time and those kind of targets were high on the Germans' radar, if they could get to them. ... (Jan 20)

Zanesville (Ohio)Times Recorder

 
Elkin woman recounts her years in Civil Air Patrol, flight instructor

"I flew under the Cooper river Bridge," said 88-year-old Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Jewel Brown. "We were flying along and I said to myself, 'if I'm ever going to fly under the bridge, now's the time.' So I just turned, went under and no one ever said anything about it." Performing stunts in a small aircraft, high above the earth, is not where one expects to find a pastor's wife. The again, there is nothing ordinary about the life of this Elkin resident, recently recognized for her efforts during World War II with CAP. ... (Jan 14)

Elkin (N.C.) Tribune


100-year-old Greensboro man receives Congressional Gold Medal

One-hundred-year-old Weldon Fields didn't make the trip to Washington Dec. 10 when Civil Air Patrol was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal _ the nation's highest civilian honor. Unlike CAP's World War II veterans who attended the ceremony, Fields had to wait a while to get his bronze replica of the medal. He was awarded the medal Wednesday at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. ... (Jan 8)
 
News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.
 

Two Civil Air Patrol veterans from Wisconsin honored

Winifred Alexy and Bill Bruring, both 90, were recently honored with replicas of a Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Civil Air Patrol for the role its founding members played in protecting America during World War II. "It was a real honor," said Alexy, who received her medal along with Bruring in a ceremony in New Berlin. "The Civil Air Patrol served its purpose, and they still do. I was just so thrilled and so blessed and really proud to be a part of the service." ... (Jan 5)

Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel


Oregon Civil Air Patrol plays vital role in WWII

Hellenmerie "Rie" Walker, who served as a teenage cadet in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II and is the only surviving WWII veteran CAP member in Oregon, was honored Dec. 10 with the Congressional Gold Medal. ... (Dec 29)

Portland (Ore.) Tribune


Florida woman's CAP story comes full circle in time for Christmas 

The five daughters of Bobelle "Bobbie" W. Harrell, a pharmacist in Okaloosa County, Fla., received the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of their late mother on Dec. 10. The medal was presented for Harrell's service as a pilot in Civil Air Patrol during World War II. ... (Dec 28)

Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal


'Subchaser’ shares in Civil Air Patrol’s high honor

Carl Jividen, who turns 94 in February, was among 40 living veterans invited to Washington, D.C., on Dec. 10 as the Civil Air Patrol's World War II members were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal ... (Dec 17)

Illinois pastor proud of link to Civil Air Patrol

Libertyville’s Jill Robb Paulson, granddaughter of Civil Air Patrol founder Gill Robb Wilson, was at the U.S. Capitol last week when CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of its World War II members ... (Dec. 14)

Chicago Daily Herald


World War II-era Civil Air Patrol volunteers honored on Capitol Hill

When Jeri Truesdell took prospective pilots up in the air for the first time, she would tell them to sit back and feel the strength of the engine on takeoff. It was a feeling she always loved, and never forgot ... (Dec. 10)



Congressional Gold Medal presented to 2 local World War II Civil Air Patrol members

Wednesday was a very special day for two local veterans as they were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C. Sugar Land's Larry Fletcher, 93, and Houston's Jayne Pace, 92, were part of the Civil Air Patrol back in World War II ... (Dec. 10)

KPRC-TV  (Houston)


New Tuscalooosa resident part of Civil Air Patrol honors in Washington, D.C.

CAP Lt. Col. Robert Haver was one of about 40 other living World War II service members to receive the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Haver, who recently moved to Tuscalooa to be near his daughter, has served in CAP for the past 71 years... (Dec. 10)

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
 

KSOO-AM co-founder Sylvia Henkin to be honored for WWII Civil Air Patrol service

Sylvia Wolff Henkin, a prominent figure in the Sioux Falls community, will receive the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Civil Air Patrol in recognition of its members’ service and exemplary record during World War II. It is estimated 120,000 men, women and teenagers joined CAP immediately before and during the war. Sylvia, now 93, was one of them … (Dec. 9)

KSOO-AM (Sioux Falls, S.D.)


Longtime Tulsa woman to receive medal for WWII efforts

A 15-year-old Jane Soeten joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in Tulsa in 1943 with her sights set on flying with the women’s air force during World War II … (Dec. 8)

Tulsa (Okla.) World



World War II civil servants awarded Congressional Gold Medal

More than 70 years later, the earliest members of the Civil Air Patrol, who selflessly risked their lives to protect the United States during World War II, will be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal Wednesday. One of those honorees is George Mitchell, who said, "I wasn't expecting anything from the government or from the war effort, ever." ... (Dec 8)
 
NBCLosAngeles.com


Serving a nation: Three who served in Civil Air Patrol receive posthumous honor

The three brave men with Black Hills connections had one mission: Keep America safe. One of the three survived despite once flying his plane upside down in fog. Another was sure he had sunk a German U-boat. The third spent part of World War II towing a target so U.S. military pilots could sharpen their shooting. Earl Wilkinson, Vernon Jeffries and Luverne "Vern" Kraemer, all skilled and unselfish pilots, technically were not servicemen in World War II and their unheralded contributions brought little recognition, until now .. (Dec. 7)

Rapid City (S.D.) Journal 
 
 
The Civil Air Patrol, a Congressional Gold Medal… and a Coca-Cola connection

The Civil Air Patrol was founded a week before the December 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor to enable volunteer pilots to put their personal airplanes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. ... Coca-Cola saluted the CAP in a series of print ads in the early-1940s. (Nov. 10)

Coca-Cola Journey 
 

Surviving Civil Air Patrol originals overwhelmed with honor of Congressional Gold Medal

With world events quickly spinning out of control in 1941, the need seemed clear. More eyes in the skies would be indispensable if America's ships were going to avoid German submarines and reach their destinations with precious cargoes of fuel and supplies. Just days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and the U.S. entry into World War II, the Civil Air Patrol was formed and soon began watching over the nation's coasts and borders. The first two bases were at Atlantic City and Rehoboth Beach, Del. ... (Oct. 26)

Philly.com

 
Memorial woman served her country as pilot in World War II

In suburban Fort Worth today, Jayne Pace would peeve neighbors with pets and livestock. Pace and her parents kept a milk cow, chickens, rabbits, a dog and her pet pig. ... She yearned to fly. That instinct eventually led to flying lessons. Then a pilot's license. Then meritorious non-combat service as a World War II, Civil Air Patrol pilot. (Oct. 7)

Houston (Tex.) Chronicle
 

A sweet story: How Krispy Kreme's founder successfully managed business, family and service to his country

The butcher, the baker, the doughnut maker. During World War II they came from all walks of life to serve and protect America through service in Civil Air Patrol. So was the case with Vernon Rudolph, the man behind Krispy Kreme doughnuts ... (Sept. 9)

Moscow (Pa.) Villager
 

Lifelong service brings honor for Farmington man

If you ever want to get Thomas O’Connor involved in something, you might be well advised to start by convincing his friends. When the Farmington resident joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1942 as part of the first cadet squadron nationwide, it was because his friends were signing up. He had just turned 15 ... (Sept. 4)

Farmington (Minn.) Independent
 

War and doughnuts: Krispy Kreme

For 44 years, the red neon "Hot Doughnuts Now" sign has burned bright at all hours on Bragg Boulevard, surely threatening to undo a soldier's early-morning PT. War seems to drive doughnut consumption ...(Sept. 2) 

Elite Magazine (Fayetteville, N.C.)

 
Lt. Col. Tom O’Connor still involved after 73 years in Civil Air Patrol

Under legislation signed this year, a Lakeville man is one of three Minnesotans to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian award, for their service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. In honor of his service that spans seven decades, Lt. Col. Tom O’Connor was recognized by state and local officials at an Aug. 26 Civil Air Patrol ceremony at Lakeville’s Airlake Airport ... (Aug. 27)

SunThisWeek (Lakeville, Minn.)


Youngsville resident part of newly lauded Civil Air Patrol

Have you ever wondered why the east coast of the United States was not ravaged during World War II? The answer, in part, is because of the under-recognized work of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and unsung heroes like Clive Goodwin of Youngsville, N.C. .... (Aug. 14)

Wake Forest (N.C.) Weekly
 

Only living Civil Air Patrol World War II veteran in Minnesota receiving honor

Cadets in the Civil Air Patrol encampment program were busy preparing for their graduation ceremony ... The graduation was also fitting to recognize Lt. Col. Thomas O'Connor ... for his service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. (July 29)

LPTV-TV (Lakeland, Minn.)
 

WWII Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal design concepts discussed

During a teleconference meeting held on July 8th, 2014, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) reviewed and discussed the design concept direction for the World War II Civil Air Patrol Members Congressional Gold Medal. The medal was authorized to be awarded to the World War II members under Public Law 113-108 in recognition of their military service and exemplary record during the war ... (July 10)

Coin Update
 

Las Vegas man honored years after serving his country

It was long before the term "homeland security" was being used when Virgil McCarron joined thousands of citizens who volunteered to protect America during World War II. The retired CAP mechanic from Las Vegas helped "keep the planes up" during the war effort, and now will be receiving a Congressional Gold Medal for his service ... (July 7)

KLAS-TV (Las Vegas, Nev.)


Tucsonan to receive civilian medal from Congress

Tucsonan Richard "Jerry" Snyder can add another commendation to the dozens he has received for service to his country. Early next year, Snyder, 86, will join at least two other Southern Arizonans who will receive the Congressional Gold Medal -- the nation's highest ranking civilian award -- for their role in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II ... (July 5)

Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)
 

Resident of The Highlands at Westminster place receives Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol service during World War II

On May 30, 2014, President Barack Obama signed bill S. 309 into law, awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Civil Air Patrol for its service during World War II. Colonel Charles Compton, 98, of the Civil Air Patrol, and a resident at The Highlands at Westminster Place is one of fewer than 100 original CAP members still living to receive this medal … (June 23)

Chicago Tribune 
 

From Congress to State Street, honors arrive 70 years later for Arn

More than 60 years after his service in World War II, Westerville's Bob Arn was informed in May that he would be receiving the Congressional Gold Medal this summer, a feat he never could have imagined achieving when he first went to war ... (June 18)

Westerville (Ohio) News & Public Opinion
 

CAP WWII veterans recognized after nearly seven decades

After protecting American shores from Nazi submarines during WWII, members of the Civil Air Patrol, headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, are finally being recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal honoring CAP WWII veterans for safeguarding America ... (June 17)


Legislation recognizes World War II volunteers

Men and women who risked their lives during World War II as volunteers are getting a well deserved recognition … (June 10)

Tribune-Democrat
, Johnstown, Pa.
 

Local Civil Air Patrol member receives the Congressional Gold Medal for WWII service

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest-ranking civilian award, and it is extremely rare to meet a recipient, but for one Colorado Springs resident who was in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II, it's a little less rare now. Longtime Colorado Springs resident Wayne Field is one of the surviving members to receive this honor ... (June 6)

President signs CAP medal into law

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  -- President Barack Obama today signed into law S. 309, the bill awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol for its service during World War II. The legislation, approved in May 2013 by the Senate and last week by the House, recognizes the volunteer service of more than 120,000 men, women and teenagers who joined CAP immediately before and during the war ... (June 3)

U.S. Air Force
 

Madison resident, Joel Fairfax, honored for World War II service

On May 30 President Barack Obama signed into law S. 309, the bill awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol for its service during World War II ... (June 1)

Hartford (Conn.) Courant
 

Civil Air Patrol pioneers awarded Congressional Gold Medal  

Paul Sigmon was 17 years old when he joined the Civil Air Patrol, a group of volunteers who formed somewhat of a citizen’s coast guard during World War II. Seventy-two years later, he and the member of the patrol have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal ... (June 1)

Pioneering female pilot Elizabeth Wallace recalls World War II, beginning of Civil Air Patrol

Elizabeth Wallace of Bethesda is a 95-year-old pilot who can tell you what it's like to fly down Broadway. She was one of the first female pilots with the Civil Air Patrol in the 1940s ... (May 27)

WRC-TV
, Washington, D.C.

 
Local man to get Congressional Gold Medal for service in WWII

A New Bern man will soon receive the Congressional Gold Medal for his service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. C.A. "Kaz" Barcynski joined the CAP in 1944 at 16 years old. He lied on his recruiter and joined a year before he was supposed to. During that time, 17-year-olds could join CAP as a cadet ... (May 26)

WCTI-TV, New Bern, N.C. 


Congress honors WWII Civil Air Patrol veterans

This Memorial Day is special for a few living veterans who volunteered their lives during World War II. Legislation just passed in Congress honors Civil Air Patrol’s earliest members with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognizing their contributions during World War II when many used their own aircraft to conduct volunteer combat operations and other emergency wartime missions under hazardous conditions ...  (May 26)

The Tribune, Asheville, N.C.
 

Local Civil Air Patrol pioneers get their due

Rita Carter is pleased that the Civil Air Patrol is getting some love from Congress, and another medal is always welcome in her own collection of achievement awards ... (May 25)

Rarefied air: Area man honored for work with Civil Air Patrol

Kaz Barcynski’s fascination with airplanes and his dedication to family, friends and country have pretty much charted the course of his life from an earlier-than-legal age ... (May 25)

A true go-getter

Bobelle Sconiers Harrell, a daughter of Northwest Florida, who wouldn’t take no for an answer during the most trying time in recent history, was part of the Civil Air Patrol, is now receiving a prestigious award .... (May 23)

Santa Rosa Press Gazette, Milton, Fla.


New Bern veteran to receive national honor after waiting decades

A New Bern man is one step closer to receiving the Congressional Gold Medal after Speaker of the House John Boehner signed a bill Monday that would recognize those who served in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Kaz Barcynski II joined the CAP in 1944 at the age of only 16 ... (May 23)

WNCN-TV, Goldsboro, N.C.
 

WWII CAP vets receive medal

Civil Air Patrol veterans of World War II, who volunteered for combat operations and other emergency wartime missions under hazardous conditions, have been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal ... (May 22)

El Defensor Chieftain, Socorro, N.M.
 

Civil Air Patrol among Congressional Gold Medal recipients

Congress bestowed its highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, on the Doolittle Raiders, the collective group of American Fighter Aces, and the Civil Air Patrol’s World War II veterans this week .... (May 22)


Air Force Magazine



Congressional Gold Medal approved for CAP WWII volunteers

The U.S. House of Representatives approved Bill H.R. 755 authorizing the award of a Congressional Gold Medal to honor all Civil Air Patrol (CAP) WW II veterans in recognition of their service and exemplary record. This recognition includes CAP veterans from Connecticut who served during this period ... (May 22)

Hartford (Conn.) Courant 


Civil Air Patrol will be honored for World War II efforts

Some "unsung heroes" are finally getting the recognition they deserve ... (May 20)

Biloxi (Miss) Sun Herald
 

Congress OKs medals for WWII Civil Air Patrol members

The U.S. House of Representatives late Monday passed H.R. 755, legislation awarding Congressional Gold Medals to surviving members of the Civil Air Patrol who served on the Home Front in World War Two … (May 20)

WOAI-AM, San Antonio

 
Civil Air Patrol highlights stories of WWII volunteers

The Civil Air Patrol has launched the “Our Congressional Gold Medal Journey” website, which tells the story of its volunteer service during the early days of World War II, when more than 120,000 members stepped up to support the military effort. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill May 19 to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Civil Air Patrol for its service back then ... (May 20)

AOPA
 
 

House approves Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol


When the founding members of Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, risked life and limb to help protect the home front during the early days of World War II, they weren’t looking for recognition. Some seven decades later, though, they’re receiving it, thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives’ voice vote Monday afternoon to award CAP a Congressional Gold Medal for its volunteer service during the war, when more than 120,000 members stepped up to support the military effort and help keep the nation secure …. (May 20)

U.S. Air Force


In historic vote, House approves Congressional Gold Medal for Civil Air Patrol

When the founding members of Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, risked life and limb to help protect the home front during the early days of World War II, they weren’t looking for recognition. Some seven decades later, though, they’re receiving it, thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives’ voice vote Monday afternoon to award CAP a Congressional Gold Medal for its volunteer service during the war, when more than 120,000 members stepped up to support the military effort and help keep the nation secure …. (May 20)

Aero-News Network
AviationPros.com
 
 
Congressional Gold Medal approved for Civil Air Patrol

When the founding members of Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, risked life and limb to help protect the home front during the early days of World War II, they weren’t looking for recognition. Some seven decades later, though, they’re receiving it, thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives’ voice vote Monday afternoon to award CAP a Congressional Gold Medal for its volunteer service during the war, when more than 120,000 members stepped up to support the military effort and help keep the nation secure …. (May 20)

Bipartisan, bicameral bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to members of Civil Air Patrol to become law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX), today announced that the U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who provided extraordinary public and combat emergency services during World War II. (May 20)

River Cities’ Reader, Davenport, Iowa 

 
Civil Air Patrol WWII members’ gold medal journey new website tells their stories, describes their service

Civil Air Patrol has launched a website, “Our Congressional Gold Medal Journey,” that tells the story of its volunteer service during the early days of World War II ... (May 19)

U.S. Air Force
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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