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N.C. Wing Salutes 3 WWII CAP Members For Service

Col. David E. Crawford, North Carolina Wing commander, presents CAP’s Distinguished Service Award to newly promoted Col. Charles W. Fields

Col. David E. Crawford, North Carolina Wing commander, presents the CAP Exceptional Service Award to newly promoted Lt. Col. Clive Goodwin Jr.

Col. David E. Crawford, North Carolina Wing commander, presents the CAP Exceptional Service Award to newly promoted Lt. Col. Paul Sigmon

Maj. Don Penven
Public Affairs Officer
North Carolina Wing

NORTH CAROLINA – Three North Carolina residents who helped defend the homeland as pioneering Civil Air Patrol members during World War II have been honored for their service. On Nov. 10, the wing conducted a special ceremony for the three – Charles Weldon Fields, Clive Goodwin Jr. and Paul Sigmon – at wing headquarters in Burlington.

Fields was promoted to colonel and presented with CAP’s Distinguished Service Award. Goodwin and Sigmon were each promoted to lieutenant colonel and presented with the Exceptional Service Award.

All three men also received CAP Lifetime Memberships.

“During the time CAP bases were active,” said the wing’s commander, Col. David Crawford, “the wartime effort – which included border patrol operations, search and rescue, disaster relief, forest fire patrol, emergency transportation of personnel and critical cargo and towing practice targets for the U.S. military – resulted in 64 member deaths and 150 lost aircraft by war’s end.

“It is our privilege to honor these survivors for their determined, dedicated service to our nation,” Crawford told those assembled for the ceremony.

According to research by Lt. Col. Philip Saleet, wing historian:

  • Fields, then a CAP first lieutenant, was assigned as a communications officer at Coastal Patrol Base 16 in Manteo. He flew as an observer on antisubmarine missions, accumulating more than 150 hours of patrol duty. Fields then transferred to Monogram Field in Driver, Va., where he served as communications officer for Tow Target Unit 21’s new base of operations.
  • Goodwin, a second lieutenant at the time, joined a CAP squadron in Cortland, N.Y., and flew as a mission pilot out of Cortland Municipal Airport. The squadron’s assignment was to fly missing aircraft and search missions for the U.S. Army Air Forces. He remains active as a member of the Franklin County Composite Squadron and is still a pilot.
  • Sigmon, then a corporal, assisted in building Coastal Patrol Base 21 in Beaufort, where members converted an overgrown grass field surrounded by marsh and infested by mosquitoes. Sigmon was one of the base members assigned to build a new runway. Once the base was up and running, he served until the day it closed.

Pat Saleet rings a bell in memory of North Carolina Wing members lost during World War II.

Photos by Maj. Don Penven

At the ceremony’s conclusion the names of North Carolina Wing members who made the supreme sacrifice were read to the audience, with the historian’s wife, Pat Saleet, sounding a bell in tribute to each:

  • Coastal Patrol Base 16: 1st Lts. Frank Cook and Julian Cooper.
  • Coastal Patrol Base 21: Capt. H. Leonard Lundquist, 1st Lt. Guy Cherry and Sgt. David Williams.
  • Tow Target Unit 21: 1st Lts. Norman Buckley and Alfred Kendrick.

“Today, Civil Air Patrol continues to serve our nation,” Crawford said. “At this very moment CAP aircrews from across the country are flying aerial photography missions, recording the destructive force of Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Two of our wing’s aircraft have been supporting this mission while many other members are assisting in ground support activities.”

Meanwhile, efforts continue to honor early members like Fields, Goodwin and Sigmon for their wartime heroics in CAP by securing approval of a Congressional Gold Medal paying tribute to their service.



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