Local CAP marks national group's anniversary

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Kenai Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recognizes the 69th anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol this week.

The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization of more than 61,000 members was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor let to America's involvement in World War II. Its members soon proved their worth by conducting aerial patrols on their own, heroism that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks in American waterways. Fifth-nine members died, 26 were lost at sea and seven others were seriously injured while carrying out CAP missions during the war.

"Each day, through their volunteer efforts, our members help save lives and preserve liberty for all," said Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP's national commander. "Be sure to say 'Thanks' to these unsung heroes in your communities who provide such selfless service, often without fanfare.

2nd Lt. Sybille Angelika Castro; Public Affairs Officer, Civil Air Patrol, Kenai Composite Squadron

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