Civil Air Patrol

Congressman Sensenbrenner Cosponsors H.R. 755 – Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Civil Air Patrol Volunteers

Wisconsin: U.S. Congressman James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Wisconsin 5th Congressional District, joined Congressmen Sean Duffy and Thomas Petri, recently when he cosponsored H.R. 755. If passed in the House and the Senate, it would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol’s World War II volunteers.

Colonel Clarence Peters, Wisconsin Wing’s commander; Lieutenant Colonel Rose Hunt, vice-commander and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Michael Ebert met with Sensenbrenner’s staff during the Legislative Days held the end of February. They were very impressed with the organization and encouraged the Congressman to cosponsor the bill.

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.

To date, a total of 130 Congressmen have cosponsored the bill bringing Civil Air Patrol to 45% 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.

The current Senate version of the bill, S. 309 has 43 cosponsors, bringing it to 64% of the goal of 67 cosponsors. The measure in last year’s Senate had enough cosponsors and passed the full Senate.

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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