Civil Air Patrol

U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin cosponsors H.R. 719 – Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Civil Air Patrol Volunteers

Wisconsin:  A third member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation has cosponsored H.R. 719, bringing the bill closer to a vote and final passage.  Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, serving Wisconsin’s 2nd District, cosponsored the bill which would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol’s WWII volunteers.

Wisconsin Wing members, still working to get the support of the remaining five congressmen and two senators to join Congresswoman Baldwin, and Congressmen Reid Ribble and Sean Duffy, were thrilled to hear for the third day in a row that their hard work and persistence was paying off.

Letters and phone calls from Civil Air Patrol members and their family and friends seemed to have gone unheard until Wisconsin State Senator Terry Moulton, Wisconsin 23rd District, saw the passion, work, and dedication of the volunteers.  Learning of the mission that members were on to secure the medal for WWII members, Senator Moulton wrote Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson and U.S. Congressmen Sean Duffy and Ron Kind.

U.S. Congressman Reid Ribble, Wisconsin 8th Congressional District recently cosponsored the bill.  A staff member of congressman recently visited the Fox Cities Composite Squadron in Appleton, for a change of command ceremony.  When he reported back to the congressman, it prompted Congressman Ribble to cosponsor the bill.

U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy, Wisconsin 7th Congressional District has also cosponsored the bill recently.

“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, with the help of Senator Moulton, seek to obtain the Congressional Gold Medal for those WWII CAP senior members.

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.

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