Civil Air Patrol Bronze Medal



This medal is a bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Civil Air Patrol for extraordinary service during World War II. It recognizes the organization for their humanitarian, combat, and national services during a critical time for our nation.

Congress authorized the medal on May 30, 2014. It was presented to the Civil Air Patrol on December 10, 2014. The Mint issued the bronze medal duplicates in 3.0 inch and 1.5 inch sizes.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) began operations under the Office of Civilian Defense Dec. 1, 1941, one week before the United States entered World War II. Within a few months, the unpaid volunteers became involved in military operations by assisting the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. Using privately owned aircraft and personal funding, the CAP members performed numerous essential tasks in support of the military and the nation, including armed convoy and antisubmarine patrols off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

The CAP was an early advocate of increased female participation in civil aviation. More than half of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, as well as many of the members of the Women’s Army Corps, served in the organization during some part of the war.

The CAP’s antisubmarine patrol served the nation from March 1942 to August 1943. During this time the civilian aircrews were credited with:

  • flying 86,685 total missions
  • logging 244,600 total flight hours
  • flying more than 24 million total miles
  • escorting more than 5,600 convoys
  • reporting 173 suspected U-boats and attacking 57

In addition, CAP units conducted search and rescue, disaster relief, target towing, border patrol and other critical missions until September 1945. Postwar, the CAP became a valuable nonprofit, public service organization chartered by the United States Congress. Today it is an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, charged with providing emergency, operational and public services to communities, states, the federal government and the military.

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The obverse depicts two Civil Air Patrol volunteers—one male and one female—watching the skies. In the background, a tanker is escorted by CAP planes overhead.

The reverse features a partial laurel wreath, representing honor and service, surrounding Civil Air Patrol insignias.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • 1941-1945

Reverse Inscriptions


Mint and Mint Mark


  • Composition of 1.5 inch medal: 95% copper, 5% zinc
  • Composition of 3.0 inch medal: 90% copper, 10% zinc
  • Finish: matte
  • Edge: plain
  • No mint mark

Artist Information

  • Sculptor: Don Everhart, Medallic Artist
  • Designer: Donna Weaver, Artistic Infusion Program
  • Sculptor: Michael Gaudioso, Medallic Artist
  • Designer: Donna Weaver, Artistic Infusion Program
Content last reviewed March 7, 2023

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