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FOREWORD

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The author of this monograph, Major Nelson "Lee" Ragan,
C A P, h a s b e e n a m a i n s t a y o n t h e C i v i l A i r P a t r o l ' s
National Historical Committee since its inception. A

professional illustrator by vocation and an avid col
lector of militaria by avocation, he possesses many

unique qualities necessary to illustrate the many and
varied

uniforms

of

Civil

Air

Patrol.

Working with Lee over the past several years has been a
truly delightful experience for two primary reasons.
First is his extensive depth of knowledge on the subject.
This is more than adequately reinforced by his willingness
to undertake the many projects relating to historical re
search, while remaining well involved in his normal CAP

job as Group Commander for Group 16 of the Texas Wing.

The plates as reproduced herein along with the descrip
tive material represent many hours of hard work. In
order to share with a larger number of people these fine
illustrations, it was elected to publish them initially
in the form of a monograph. In the event that sufficient
demand is generated, it is planned to later reprint se
lected illustrations in such a manner and size as to make
them suitable for more framing.

L.

E.

Hopper

COL

National

CAP

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

N o p r o j e c t s u c h a s t h i s c a n b e a o n e - m a n s h o w, a n d t h e r e
are several people who helped me with this project that
deserve a special "THANK YOU". Col Les Hopper who had
the idea for the monograph in the beginning. Col Louisa
S. Morse supplied reams of documentation on both the uni

forms and insignia. Lt Col Allan Pogorzelski who kept me
supplied with old photographs from the early days of CAP
a n d i t ' s u n i f o r m s . M r. C l y d e O s b o r n , a f o r m e r p o s t w a r
CAP member who supplied me with many written descriptions
of what the uniforms really looked like "in the field".
I would also like to thank Lt Col Elizabeth Sedita, Florida

W i n g H i s t o r i a n , a n d C a p t H e l e n m e r i e W a l k e r, O r e g o n W i n g
Historian, who during the 1983 National Board Meeting in
L a s Ve g a s , s h a r e d t h e i r w i n g s c r a p b o o k s w i t h m e , a n d g a v e
me even more insight into what the CAP uniform was during

our first twenty years.

Nelson Lee Ragan
Major
CAP
April 1984

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