- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The family of a South Dakota man is set to receive an award honoring his service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

Relatives of pilot Earl Wilkinson on Wednesday will receive a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal. U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem will present the award.

The medal is being given to members of the organization for their role in protecting the U.S. against German U-boat attacks during World War II and carrying out other wartime domestic missions.

Wilkinson, of Rapid City, is among the four South Dakota natives whom Congress has begun to honor since December. Sylvia Henkin, of Sioux Falls, is the only living recipient from the state.

The organization was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, six days before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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