Civil Air Patrol Turns 70

On Dec. 1, 1941, just six days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Civil Air Patrol was born. On Thursday, this all-volunteer organization celebrates its 70th anniversary. “On this historic day, I am reminded of the sacrifices of the founding members of CAP’s Coastal Patrol, who—propelled by duty and love of country—quickly proved their worth during World War II by conducting aerial patrols that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks along America’s shores,” stated Maj. Gen. Charles Carr, CAP national commander, in a release. He added, “These members helped save lives and preserve our nation’s freedom.” CAP had some 61,000 members during World War II. Today, this Air Force auxiliary provides essential emergency, operational, and public services to communities, states, the federal government, and the US military. “Congratulations to each of you who continue CAP’s legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community,” said Carr to his current officers and cadets. “Civil Air Patrol truly has evolved into a world-class public service organization.” Legislation pending in Congress would award CAP a Congressional Gold Medal for its members’ World War II service. (See also this CAP release.)