- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is looking for qualifying applicants to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

The award is given to those who were members of the Civil Air Patrol between Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 2, 1945, during World War II.

South Dakota Wing’s commander Col. John Seten says the organization discovers names of qualifying applicants almost every month.

But Wing historian Maj. Todd Epp says records of candidates sometimes don’t have contact information at all, making it difficult to reach candidates or their families. Epp says qualifying applicants or their families should contact the organization.

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.



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