gold for display in the Smithsonian Institution. Bronze
replicas will be available for purchase by individuals.
Once the medal is ready for presentation, the White
House, Senate and House will decide on a site probably the Capitol Rotunda and date for the award
ceremony. Related events are being considered as well,
such as a dinner or reception and a memorial service.
Details will be reported on Congressional Gold
Medal website, www.capgoldmedal.com, as they take
In the meantime, CAP continues to solicit possible
additions to its list of World War II members at www.
only about 100 are believed to still be alive. Information
and supporting evidence can be submitted at
through the Congressional Gold Medal site.
The website presents a thorough overview of
World War II stories, featuring articles, videos, photos,
graphics, weekly blog posts and publicity on
service during those perilous times most famously,
flying patrols off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to guard
against deadly German U-boat attacks on U.S. commercial shipping.
CAP members carried out numerous other domestic
missions as well. They towed targets for military pilots,
conducted search and rescue missions, flew border
patrols, transported personnel and supplies, maintained
fire watches and provided flight training for potential
Army Air Corps recruits and others.
The World War II members more
than 200,000 strong came from a broad, deep crosssection of America. They ranged from ordinary men,
women and teenagers in communities across the country
Noted Hollywood actor Bob Cummings,
one of publically prominent World
War II members, flew missions starting in early 1942 as
a charter member of now the California
San Fernando Senior Squadron 35. Cummings starred in
such films as Devil and Miss
and for and later in the TV situation
comedy Bob Cummings
Willa Brown was first African-American
officer, receiving the rank of lieutenant in 1942, and was also
the first African-American woman to earn a private
license and to hold a commercial license in the U.S.
She and her husband owned the Coffey School of Aeronautics
at Harlem Airport, which trained black pilots and
aviation mechanics, including future Tuskegee Airmen.
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