pilot in the Vietnam War, he was shot
down and killed in 1966.
Charles B. DeBellevue: This
former Louisiana Wing cadet is one of
only five American flying aces of the
Vietnam War, the first Air Force
was credited with
rescue of a downed helicopter crew.
He was the first CAP member to
receive the award. In addition to the
Medal of Honor, Ferguson received
the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying
Cross, Bronze Star and Air Medal with
and 37 clusters.
P. Lear: The
planes than any
aviator from the
He received the
Air Force Cross
for his valor.
knew from a young age that she was
going to fly. And she did, earning her
private certificate, graduating
from the Air Force Academy and
becoming the first AfricanAmerican female fighter pilot.
Henry King Jr.: King was deputy
commander of Coastal Patrol
Base 12 in Texas during World War II
and was also a lauded Hollywood
director from 1915-1961, making
such movies as
Henry King Jr.
one of the 36
Arizona Wing as a senior member in 1962, and in 1966 he enlisted
in the U.S. Army. He served as a UH1 helicopter pilot in Company C,
227th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry
Division (Airmobile) in Vietnam and
received the Medal of Honor for his
50 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
Jose Iturbi: An experienced pilot
and world-famous pianist and harpsichordist, Iturbi joined CAP in 1942.
He also appeared in several Hollywood
films in the 1940s, playing himself in
such movies as
Maj. Shawna Rochelle
Kimbrell: This former CAP cadet
of communications beginDeborah Loewer
ning in 1951
known as an inventor, industrialist
and successful businessman. He
founded the Lear Jet Corp., developed
the eight-track audio cartridge and
held more than 120 patents. He was
inducted into both the National
Aviation and National Inventors
Hall of Fame.
Rear Admiral Deborah A.
Loewer: Loewer, a former CAP cadet
and Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award recipient, was one of the first women
assigned to shipboard duty in the U.S.