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CIVIL AIR PATROL
HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE PASSAGE OF PUBLIC LAW 80-557,
ESTABLISHING THE CIVIL AIR PATROL AS THE CIVILIAN AUXILIARY OF THE
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

2018

NATIONAL HISTORY PROGRAM
HEADQUARTERS CAP

DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE PASSAGE OF PUBLIC LAW 80-557,
ESTABLISHING THE CIVIL AIR PATROL AS THE CIVILIAN AUXILIARY OF THE
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

By

Frank A. Blazich, Jr., Col, CAP

CAP NATIONAL HISTORY PROGRAM

2018

ABSTRACT
On May 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed H.R. 5298, thereby becoming Public Law
80-557. The legislation established the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as the civilian auxiliary of the
United States Air Force and authorized the Secretary of the Air Force to extend aid to the CAP in
the fulfillment of its objectives and “in the fulfillment of the noncombatant mission of the Air
Force Establishment to accept and utilize the services of the Civil Air Patrol.” This latter aspect
of the legislation serves as the legal foundation for the emergency services function that the
corporation continues to execute to the present day.

Over the course of assorted research, the National Historian located published federal records on
H.R. 5298 and PL 80-557 which are hereby reproduced. Additionally, he photographed archival
documents located at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and the Harry S. Truman
Presidential Library and Museum, Independence, MO. Additional archival material on the
background of H.R. 5298 remains to be located.

Frank A. Blazich, Jr.
Col
CAP
National Historian, National Headquarters
February 2018

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Public Law 80-557 ...............................................................................................................1
Subcommittee Hearing on H.R. 5298, April 8, 1948 ..........................................................2
General Carl Spaatz Papers ...............................................................................................13
President Harry S. Truman Papers .....................................................................................26

PUBLIC LAW 80-557
Source: An Act to Establish the Civil Air Patrol as a Civilian Auxiliary of the United States Air
Force, Public Law 80-557, U.S. Statutes at Large 62 (1948): 274-75.

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SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON H.R. 5298, 8 APRIL 1948
Source: U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Armed Services. Hearing on H.R. 5298 to
Establish Civil Air Patrol as a Civilian Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, and for Other Purposes.
80th Cong., 2d sess., April 8, 1948.

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GENERAL CARL SPAATZ PAPERS
Source: Folder labeled “Civil Air Patrol,” Box 257, Carl Spaatz Papers, Manuscript Division,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

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Congressman Justin Leroy Johnson (R), representing California’s 3rd District.

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PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN PAPERS
Source: Folder labeled “Civil Air Patrol,” Box 1818, OF 1285-D, Air Force, U.S. – Misc. (1947Mar. 1950), White House Central Files: Official File, Papers of Harry S. Truman, Harry S.
Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence, MO.

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