- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman is among four South Dakotans to be honored for her service in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.

Sylvia Henkin will receive the organization’s Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday in Washington.

The 93-year-old is the only living recipient from South Dakota. The others are Earl Wilkinson and Vernon Jeffries, both of Rapid City, and Luverne Kraemer, of Deadwood.

Henkin earned her private pilot’s license in 1940, joined the Civil Air Patrol and patrolled the Floyd River in Iowa during the war.

She moved to Sioux Falls in 1944 and became active in the media, business and community activities, and local philanthropy.

The South Dakota Wing of the CAP has squadrons in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Rapid City, Pierre, Custer and Spearfish.


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