Lt. Cols. Wendall Haas and Otha Vaughan, both members of the Alabama Wing, were honored for their service during CAP’s wartime years. They received their awards from Col. Al Bedgood, Southeast Region commander. In addition, Don Rowland, executive director at National Headquarters, presented each man with a framed commemorative 70th-anniversary poster and an anniversary coin.
Haas, 88, joined CAP in 1942, serving as an officer in a squadron in California’s San Fernando Valley. He played a vital role on the ground in support of CAP’s subchasers as an airplane and engine mechanic, including patching planes shot while towing targets for pilots training in military planes.