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October 21, 2014 CITGO, CAP partner to celebrate Congressional Gold Medal
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – CITGO Petroleum Corp. has partnered with Civil Air Patrol to honor CAP members for their service during World War II.
As a premier sponsor of CAP’s Congressional Gold Medal presentation, CITGO is sponsoring the purchase of replica Congressional Gold Medals to be awarded to CAP World War II veterans who will travel to Washington, D.C., for the medal presentation, as well as the celebratory reception/dinner. Those who are unable to travel to Washington will be presented a replica medal by CAP in their hometowns.
The CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill – Senate 309 – was signed into law on May 30 by President Barack Obama; the medal is expected to be presented to CAP sometime between December and April.
Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to CAP in recognition of its founding members’ role in warding off deadly German U-boat attacks on vital merchant shipping off the East and Gulf coasts – especially oil tankers – during World War II. Prior to CAP’s coastal patrols, CITGO, then known as Cities Service Co., lost five tankers to enemy attack, with a cost of 73 lives and 260,003 barrels of various types of oil.
CAP escorted thousands of convoys and ships as well as tankers belonging to companies that ultimately became part of seven present-day oil companies – CITGO, BP, Chevron, Exxon, Sinclair, Sunoco, and Tesoro. CAP’s efforts helped push the submarine threat well away from coastal shipping lanes at a critical time for the nation when the military did not have enough resources.
Col. Frank Blazich, CAP’s chief historian, notes that one of the members of the Petroleum Industry War Council – the body that advocated and supported using CAP for coastal patrol service – was W. Alton Jones, president of Cities Service Co. during the war. “On March 4, 1942, the committee approved forming the Temporary Committee on the Protection of Tankers which in turn that same day recommended using CAP aircraft for patrol duty off the East Coast. Thus, the experiment for coastal patrol bases and flights was born,” said Blazich.
“CITGO has a unique connection to CAP’s history,” said Rafael Gómez, vice president of government and public affairs with CITGO. “CAP’s World War II members performed missions that were not only vital to the war effort but also vital to CITGO, which was Cities Service at that time.”
“Our connection to CAP goes beyond the foundation laid during World War II,” he added. “Civil Air Patrol’s Louisiana Wing and the local Lake Charles Composite Squadron have served CITGO and the petrochemical industry as a longstanding air support provider. Since both organizations emphasize community service, I am certain our relationship will continue as we work together for the good of the community.”
On Oct. 16, CAP participated in CITGO’s 70th anniversary celebration at the company’s Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex in Sulphur, Louisiana. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of its operations, the event honored CITGO retirees who served during World War II. Vintage CAP memorabilia was on display, including items associated with Coastal Patrol Base 9 at Grand Isle, Louisiana. capvolunteernow.com gocivilairpatrol.com capmembers.com
“CAP aircraft are a part of CITGO’s emergency action plan that enables CITGO emergency managers to view aerial imagery from Civil Air Patrol aircraft,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. “Following Hurricane Rita, CAP aircraft few numerous disaster assessment sorties over the CITGO refinery, which were provided to the Air Force and state and local emergency officials. CITGO also did its part in providing assets to fuel Southwest Louisiana’s recovery following Hurricane Rita.”
CAP’s highest-profile activity during World War II was its coastal patrols. Eventually, CAP established 21 coastal patrol bases that extended from Maine to the Texas-Mexico border. Coastal Patrol Base 9 at Grand Isle was activated on June 25, 1942.
All told, the coastal patrols flew 24 million miles to safeguard oil tankers and other merchant traffic from German U-boat attacks. For 18 months, from March 1942 to August 1943, CAP members flew over the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico for that purpose, reporting 173 sightings of suspected submarines and occasionally attacking suspected submarines with small demolition bombs.
CAP’s more than 200,000 founding members were volunteers, a legacy of service that continues to this day. CAP’s World War II members flew their own airplanes at their own expense and at great peril, with little or no safety measures to fall back on. A total of 65 CAP members died in service to the nation, and though this rich history of service is well-documented, those who stepped up to protect the home front were never recognized … until now. Fewer than 120 of these men and women are still alive.
From Louisiana, the families of the late Trent Lane of Baker and the late Emma Moss of New Orleans will receive a replica Congressional Gold Medal in honor of their loved ones’ CAP World War II service.
Visit http://www.capgoldmedal.com for more information about CAP’s Congressional Gold Medal or to register a CAP World War II veteran for the award.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for over 70 years, CAP will soon receive the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com and http://www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
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Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff on Monday to honor World War II Airman returning home after nearly 70 years
Gov. Terry E. Branstad orders flags at half-staff on Monday to honor World War II Airman returning home after nearly 70 years
Staff Sgt. Maurice L. Fevold to be laid to rest Monday at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Badger, Iowa
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Iowa from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014, in honor of Staff Sgt. Maurice L. Fevold, formerly of Badger/Eagle Grove, Iowa.
The Governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. H.R. 692, signed in 2007, requires federal government agencies in the state to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces.
Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
Fevold, a 21-year old Badger/Eagle Grove, Iowa native was assigned to the 599th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bomber Group (Medium), U.S. Army Air Corps. On Dec. 23, 1944, the first day of aviation operations for the Battle of the Bulge, Fevold, along with five other crew members, took off from Saint Quentin, France onboard a B-26G Marauder bomber aircraft to attack an enemy-held railroad bridge in Eller, Germany. Their aircraft was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire near Seffern, Germany, which borders Belgium. A total of 10 U.S. aircraft were recorded as lost in the vicinity of Seffern during this specific mission.
Fevold, the aircraft’s armorer-gunner, and the entire crew were officially declared deceased on Dec. 23, 1944, but their remains were never recovered. In November 2006, the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command – Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC) received information of a possible aircraft crash site near Allmuthen, Belgium. In March 2007, a JPAC Investigation Team surveyed the purported crash site, where human remains and physical evidence were recovered in 2012 by JPAC personnel.
In 2014, JPAC’s Research and Analysis Group concluded a historical association existed between the artifacts and human remains recovered at the Belgium excavation site and Missing Air Crew Report #11985 from World War II. Mitochondrial DNA testing positively identified the remains as belonging to Fevold and other crew members from the missing aircraft.
Maurice Fevold was born Feb. 21, 1923 near Badger, Iowa to John and Carrie (Thorson) Fevold. He grew up in the Badger/Eagle Grove, Iowa area and was a 1941 graduate of Eagle Grove High School.
Fevold enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 12, 1943, and transferred into the U.S. Army Air Corps in June 1943. Fevold attended armament training at Lowry Field, Colo., aerial training at Ft. Myers, Fla., and then B-26 flight training at Barksdale Field, La. He left the U.S. for duty in the European theater in April 1944 and was assigned to the 599th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Corps.
His military awards and honors include the Purple Heart (posthumous), Air Medal (11 awards), Army Good Conduct Medal (posthumous), European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with one silver service star), World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Enlisted Aircrew Member Wings.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jeanette Prime. He is survived by great nephews and great nieces: William Bushman of Missouri; Robert Sweeney of Hawaii; Michael Sweeney of Washington; Vicki Riley of Iowa; and Shelly Everheart.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Bruce Funeral Home, 923 1st Ave. South, Fort Dodge, Iowa. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at Bruce Funeral Home, followed by interment at the Blossom Hill Cemetery, Badger, Iowa (located northeast of Badger on 110th St. and Racine Ave.), with full military honors provided by the Iowa National Guard. The public is welcome to attend the visitation, funeral, and graveside service.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in care of Bruce Funeral Home, 923 1st Ave. South, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501. Contact the funeral home with any questions at 515-576-5117.
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The family of Staff Sgt. Maurice Fevold asks that the dignity of his memorial and graveside service be respected. Media may shoot photos and video and record audio at the memorial and graveside services. Media point of contact at the funeral is Col. Greg Hapgood cell 515-971-6385.
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CEDAR RAPIDS COMPOSITE SQUADRON
CIVIL AIR PATROL
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY
50 2nd Ave Bridge
CEDAR RAPIDS IA 52401
11 October 2014
MEMORANDUM FOR NCR-IA-001 WING COMMANDER
TO: Col. Mike Mouw and Lt. Col. Anita Elliott
FROM: Captain Douglas Meyer
SUBJECT: Thunder in the Valley II Airshow – Letter of Appreciation
- When the approval was given for the Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron to represent the Civil Air Patrol at the Thunder in the Valley II air show at the Waterloo Regional Airport, there were many unknown factors about how we could support such an event. It was a very ambitious undertaking which required the coordinated and dedicated efforts of many people.
- But despite the obstacles and the shortage of time, the members of the 129th Cedar Rapids Composite Squadron, led by Captain James Pitts and Senior Member Lorena Madden, got the job done. They hit the ground running and recruited enough cadet and senior member help to cover the manning needs that the air show required. The end result was a professional, well-choreographed machine that represented the Iowa Civil Air Patrol in the light of which it should be seen in.
- Your members accomplished an impressive mission and I’d like to single them out to express my sincere appreciation.
Capt. James Pitts
1st Lt. Paul Pate (Commander)
1st Lt. Randi Blair
2nd Lt. Austin Lightner
SM Lorena Madden
C/Capt. Daniel Holt
C/CMSgt. Jeremiah Holt
C/CMSgt. Josiah Schmidt
C/MSgt. Israel Lightner
C/SSgt. Andrew Szewc
C/SSgt. Kyle Bransky
C/A1C Brandon Pate
C/A1C Charity Barker
C/Amn Elijah Barker
C/Amn John Madden
Cadet Finley Abdoney
- Your team, and I mean team in the truest sense of the word, worked tirelessly, in high humidity heat, to keep this complicated event on schedule. The success of our mission at the Thunder in the Valley II air show is a direct result of your unit’s support. I can’t adequately express my admiration of your unit’s professionalism and pride or my gratitude for their selfless efforts. Please accept my thanks for a job well done.
DOUGLAS C. MEYER
Written by Janice Lewandowski, Capt
Members of the NCR-IA-007 recently took time during their squadron meeting to recognize C/1st Lt Isaac Wachholz for his years in the Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron as he will be leaving for United States Marine Corps Training on 8 September 2014. Isaac has been an active member of the Iowa Civil Air Patrol (the auxiliary of the United States Air Force) since 2008, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant . He has served as Cadet Commander, Color Guard member, and Cadet Advisory Council member. In 2013 Isaac completed his first glider solo. Isaac has been a role model to cadets in his emergency services and leadership duties. Isaac will be greatly missed at the squadron meetings as well as Wing/Region events.
Although the NCR-IA-007 is a small squadron, several members have used the training from their Civil Air Patrol experiences to serve our country:
Felix Knutson- USAF Academy
John Johnson- USMC- Officer Candidate School
Isaac Wachholz- USMC
Adam Wachholz- Political Director- Steve King campaign. Adam is in the application process for the Army Officer Candidate School.
Picture of C/1st Lt Isaac Wachholz; Picture taken by Cindi Wachholz