A Civil Air Patrol plane takes off from Bar Harbor, Maine, in 1942 to patrol the Eastern Seaboard in search of German U-boats.
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee discussed during a July 8 teleconference design themes for a congressional gold medal honoring World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol who flew combat and humanitarian missions.
The medal is authorized under provisions of Public Law 113-108, signed into law by President Obama on May 30.
John Swain, director of government relations for the Civil Air Patrol, presented CAP’s recommendations for suggested design themes to the CCAC and U.S. Mint.
Possible design elements suggested by Swain are:
- Two aircrew members, one male, one female.
- CAP light single engine aircraft.
- Recommended inscriptions: CIVIL AIR PATROL, 1941-1945.
- Two armed CAP light aircraft flying over an oil tanker.
- CAP Coastal Patrol roundel.
- Five primary CAP active service duty patches (Coastal Patrol, Southern Liaison Patrol, Forest Patrol, Missing Aircraft Search, and Courier Service).
The Civil Air Patrol was originally conceived in the late 1930s by legendary New Jersey aviation advocate Gill Robb Wilson. It was established on Dec. 1, 1941, six days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese and the entry of the U.S. into World War II.
Soon after its establishment, CAP became involved in combat operations off the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts.