CAP honors his vision and leadership with the Gill Robb Wilson
Award, which is bestowed on members
who complete the highest level of
training in the Senior Member Professional Development Program.
Edmund Edwards was
brave World War
II subchasers, and
Edwards was part
of Coastal Patrol
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. His daring rescue of a fellow pilot whose
plane had gone down in rough seas
earned one of the first two Air Medals
(the other went to his own
pilot, Hugh Sharp) awarded by the
United States. He received the medal
from President Franklin D. Roosevelt
in the Oval Office.
Air Force Col. Gale Halvorsen
Utah Wing in
1941 and flew
search and rescue missions
in the Army Air
Forces in 1943.
His compassion during and after the war gained
him worldwide acclaim; it pushed him
to provide a bit of comfort for children
on the Soviet-controlled side of Berlin
by dropping chocolate from his aircraft. He wiggled his wings to
alert those on the ground he was overhead and that the candy was coming.
kind actions earned
him the nicknames Candy
He stayed active in CAP for decades
after the war and has continued his
In 1937, CAP Lt. Willa Brown
became the first African-American
woman to earn a private license
and to hold a commercial
license in the United States. Along
with her husband, pilot and aviation
mechanic Cornelius R. Coffey, she also
became one of first AfricanAmerican officers in 1942.
Brown and Coffey founded the
Coffey School of Aeronautics south of
Chicago, where together they trained
other black pilots and mechanics,
many of whom went on to become
Tuskegee Airmen. She stop
there, co-founding the National Association of America, a group
that worked to integrate the U.S.
Army Air Corps.
Edward Clyde Benfold was a
went on to
serve as a
Naval medical field
Fleet Marine Force in the Pacific during the Korean War, he was killed in
1952 while saving the lives of two
As a result of his courage and selfless sacrifice he became the first CAP
member to receive the Medal of
Honor. In 1996, his actions were commemorated again, this time by having
an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile
destroyer commissioned as the USS
Benfold (DDG-65) the first warship ever named for a CAP member.
In his 53 years with CAP, Col.
Frank Brewer Jr. was a tireless promoter of aerospace
cadet program. In recognition of his
unwavering support and service,
he was awarded
Service Medal in 2003.
In addition, he established an
annual national aerospace education
award named in honor of his father, a
longtime supporter of aviation and
aerospace education. The Frank G.
Brewer Sr. Civil Air Patrol Memorial
Aerospace Awards are given each year
to those made major contributions to the advancement of youth in
John V. Sorenson was
another of the
most vocal and
and is widely considered the architect of the modern
cadet program. He
was known to most as
thanks to his time as a football coach
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