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CAP Gold Medal

President Franklin D. Roosevelt presents the nation’s first-ever Air Medals, given for valor in flight, to a pair of CAP subchasers – Maj. Hugh R. Sharp, center, and 1st Lt. Edmund “Eddie” Edwards, second from right, in the Oval Office in February 1943. The two were recognized for their heroic rescue July 21, 1942, of a fellow CAP member, 1st Lt. Henry Cross, whose plane had crashed in the Atlantic 20 miles off the coast of Delaware. Looking on is James M. Landis, wartime chief of the Office of Civilian Defense. By the end of World War II, CAP members had received 824 Air Medals. (Courtesy Photo)

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