AUGUSTA, Maine — U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine is co-sponsoring a bill to honor World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol.
Two identical bills are intended to award a single Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol in recognition of the volunteer men and women who used their own aircraft, conducted combat operations and other emergency missions during a period of great danger to America.
In March 1942, members of the Civil Air Patrol conducted an anti-submarine coastal patrol off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and reported 173 submarines. CAP air crews flew about 750,000 hours during the war, most of which were in their personal aircraft and often at risk to their lives.
Snowe, a Republican, joins members of both parties in co-sponsoring the Gold Medal bill.