Civil Air Patrol

Congressman Duffy Cosponsors H.R. 755 – Congressional Gold Medal for WWII CAP Volunteers

Wisconsin:  This week Wisconsin U.S. Congressmen Sean Duffy, Wisconsin 7th Congressional District, cosponsored H.R. 755. If passed it would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol’s World War II volunteers.

To date, a total of 81 Congressmen have cosponsored the bill bringing Civil Air Patrol to 28% of their goal of 290 cosponsors. Obtaining enough signatures would mean that the measure could come out of committee for a vote in the full House.

“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 wish to give honor by seeking the Congressional Gold Medal for those CAP senior members serving during WWII. One medal would be awarded and kept in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Those CAP members still alive as well as the families of those who have passed will receive replica medals to commemorate this honor at no cost to the government in honor of their service.

The current Senate version of the bill, S. 309 has 10 cosponsors, bringing it to 15% of the goal of 67 cosponsors. The measure in last year’s Senate had enough cosponsors and passed the full Senate.

Duffy, as well as five other Wisconsin Congressmen, cosponsored H.R. 719 last year in the 112th Congress; however the bill was short by 85 cosponsors and could not be brought to the floor for a vote.

Updated information regarding Civil Air Patrol’s efforts to have H.R. 755 and S. 309 passed in the 113th Congress, may be seen on the Congressional Gold Medal page of the CAP member website.

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