Marion, IL resident to receive Congressional Gold Medal

June Minton's Civil Air Patrol identification card from 1944. (Source: U.S. Air Force Auxiliary)
June Minton's Civil Air Patrol identification card from 1944. (Source: U.S. Air Force Auxiliary)

MARION, IL (KFVS) - A World War II volunteer from Marion, Illinois will receive a high honor on Nov. 18.

June Minton, 89, will get the Congressional Gold Medal for her work as a volunteer in the Civil Air Patrol.

It will take place at the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois in Marion at 1 p.m.

She became a cadet in the Patrol in 1944 at 16-years-old.

"I learned to fly in an Aeronca airplane, single-engine, two-seat (front and back, not side by side), high wing, stick shift," said Minton.

She said although honored, the attention should be on those currently serving in the Patrol.

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