Two Congressmen Cosponsor Bill H.R. 719 – Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Civil Air Patrol Volunteers
Wisconsin: Letters and phone calls from members of Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol along with help from State Representative Terry Moulton, resulted in two Wisconsin U.S. Congressmen cosponsoring legislation that if passed, would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol’s World War II volunteers.
Congressman Reid Ribble, Wisconsin 8th Congressional District and Congressman Sean Duffy, Wisconsin 7th Congressional District, recently signed H.R. 719. By doing so, it will help to bring the measure to a vote on the floor. Up until now, none of the Wisconsin representatives have cosponsored the bill.
Major Donna Daniels, Fox Cities Composite Squadron commander, received the news Monday that Congressman Ribble had cosponsored the bill. With a sigh of relief and thankful for the support, members finally saw a breakthrough in their efforts.
News came today when Major Rose Hunt, wing vice-commander and Captain Jeri Gonwa, wing public affairs officer, received a letter from Congressman Sean Duffy indicating that he too had cosponsored the bill.
In total, Wisconsin has eight congressmen and two senators whom the wing hopes to garner their support in this endeavor. At this time, neither of the senators has cosponsored the bill.
“Over the course of World War II, more than 40,000 volunteers heroically served our country through their work in the CAP” stated Congressman Duffy. “The work that these aircrews performed resulted in a significant weakening of the German forces. Their service came at a great cost as well, with 64 members of the CAP giving their lives in defense of our nation.”
Because of the heroic efforts of their predecessors in CAP, today’s members seek to give honor where honor is due by seeking the Congressional Gold Medal for those CAP senior members who served during WWII.
Updated information regarding Civil Air Patrol’s efforts to have H.R. 719 and S. 418 passed in the 112th Congress, may be seen on the Congressional Gold Medal page of the CAP member website.