Civil Air Patrol

Congressional Gold Medals

Kentucky Wing Congressional Gold Medals

Lloyd & Grace Schleicher

Lloyd and Grace Schleischer

Lloyd & Grace Schleicher

It is a great love story of two people that served in the Civil Air Patrol their entire lives. Lloyd and Grace met in 1944 at a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) meeting. She was 15 and he was 16. They had their engagement party at the CAP Christmas party several years later. They were dedicated to improving their community and serving their country. In addition to his service in CAP, Lloyd was in the Air Force Reserve. He served our country as a pilot and as an architect. Grace provided a homebase in Kentucky to raise their four children while Lloyd traveled where he was needed. When he was not traveling, they were running their Kentucky squadron and serving in Emergency Service missions around the state. Their dedication to their community, state, and nation is being remembered on Nov 4 at 2:00. The ceremony is at the Bowman Field Administration Building. This location makes the ceremony more meaningful because it is the place they met at a CAP meeting and served their CAP careers. Civil Air Patrol is awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal for their service. Their family will accept this honor on their behalf. Special thanks to Bistro Le Relais Restaurant for providing this significant location.

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The pictures of Grace and Lloyd were provided by their family.

Pat Shely

Pat Shely

Kentuckian 2nd Lieutenant Mary Pat Shely joined the Kentucky Wing of the Civil Air Patrol in 1942. She taught herself to fly the Piper Cub her father bought her and flew with the Lexington Squadron.

For her faithful wartime service, National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary is pleased to announce that 2nd Lieutenant Shely has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 5:00 at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington.

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