Civil Air Patrol

Congresswoman Gwen Moore from Wisconsin’s 4th District Cosponsors H.R. 719 – Congressional Gold Medal for WWII CAP Volunteers

Wisconsin:  Wisconsin’s Congresswoman Gwen Moore joined four of Wisconsin’s Congressmen and one Congresswoman when she cosponsored H.R. 719 on Monday.  The bill would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol’s WWII volunteers.

According to Civil Air Patrol records, during the war CAP members, as volunteer civilians, flew combat and humanitarian missions in support of the U.S. military using their own aircraft.

During 18 months of combat operations between March 1942 and August 1943 CAP sank two enemy submarines and attacked 57 with small light aircraft armed with 50 and 100 pound bombs and 325 pound depth charges.  Other missions included target towing (where CAP aircraft were shot at by ground gunners and interceptor aircraft), search and rescue, border patrol, disaster relief and emergency transportation of people and cargo.

During the war, 60,000 adult CAP members participated in the program.  CAP adult members, like WASP volunteers, had been promised veteran’s benefits which never materialized.

The Senate version of the bill, S. 418 has enough cosponsors, including Senator Ron Johnson, to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. CAP is confident of its passage in the next few weeks.

Even though Congressmen Sean Duffy, Ron Kind, Tom Petri, Reid Ribble and Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin and Gwen Moore have cosponsored H.R. 719, Congressmen Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner are two of the 116 cosponsors still needed for the bill.  Upon obtaining 290 cosponsors for H.R. 719, the bill will go to the floor for a vote.

Visit the Congressional Gold Medal page for updated information.

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