Silver and Bronze Medals of Valor were instituted to honor CAP members who
performed heroic actions. The first Silver Medal of Valor was award to Virginia
Wing Staff Sgt. Charles T. Foster.
During Brig. Gen. William M.
tenure as CAP National Board chairman,
the board title was changed to
CAP national commander, marking the first
time a CAP volunteer served as national
commander. Also, the USC 9441 Supply
Bill authorized CAP to purchase modern
off-the-shelf general aviation aircraft from
As part of the space race with the Soviet Union, Illinois Wing member Irene
Leverton is selected as one of the Mercury 13 composed of 13 skilled female
astronauts who passed the same intense physical and psychological tests as
the male astronauts of Mercury VII, though none of the ever left Earth.
CAP added newer, faster, more durable military surplus
aircraft to its fleet.
CAP offered two new categories of membership.
Business Membership was offered to companies and
businesses in the aviation industry. Similarly, General
Aviation Membership was offered to pilots in the
general aviation industry who wanted to assist with
CAP celebrated its 30th anniversary with a Zack
Mosley commemorative cartoon.
President John F. Kennedy
accepted an honorary lifetime
CAP membership from
cadets during a White House
Rose Garden ceremony.
Col. Louisa S. Morse, Delaware Wing commander, was
named first female region commander. The CAP
Medal of Valor was awarded to Dorothy Kelley, a New
Hampshire Wing member and Pan Am flight attendant,
for her heroic efforts following the collision of two Boeing
747 airliners on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands.
As part of commitment
to aerospace education, 15
academic achievements in
aerospace education were
added to the cadet program.
The intensive search and rescue effort waged by
Colorado Wing members for a downed commuter
flight resulted in 21 saves.
New Mexico Wing cadet
Gwen Sawyer became the
first female Gen. Carl A.
Spaatz Award recipient. Also,
the first CAP cadet flying
encampment was conducted
at Elmira, New York.
Puerto Rico Wing commander
and aerospace education pioneer Clara Livingston became
the first woman inducted into
the CAP Hall of Honor.
When Col. Johnnie Boyd, an Oklahoma Wing cadet
in 1943, was selected to serve as CAP national commander, he became the first former CAP cadet to serve
in that capacity.
CAP National Board Chairman Brig. Gen. Lyle Castle
became first general
officer. Astronaut Air Force
Col. Frank Borman and a former CAP cadet (Arizona
Wing, 1944) commanded
Apollo VIII, the first manned
mission to orbit the moon.
A full-length feature story was
published in Flying, an influential aviation magazine, in
honor of 25th anniversary.
Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
CAP members honored Gill
Robb Wilson, one of
founders, by dedicating a
plaque that now rests on his
burial site in Woodlawn
Cemetery in Covina, California. Also, CAP moved its
national headquarters from
Ellington Air Force Base to
Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
CAP established the Gen.
Carl A. Spaatz Award as the
pinnacle achievement in the
CAP cadet program. To date,
fewer than 2,100 cadets have
earned the award.
CAP National Commander
Brig. Gen. Leslie J. Westberg
presented Great Lakes
Region Commander Col.
Richard R. Dooley the keys
to first T-41 Mescalero
during a ceremony at
CAP began tracking electronic locator transmitters for
the U.S. Air Force Rescue
Coordination Center. The
CAP fleet consisted of 780
aircraft 450 of which
were military surplus.