Above, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky congratulates Mr. Compton upon his new rank and receipt of the Distinguished Service Medal at Presbyterian Homes on June 18. Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Schakowsky

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At age 94, Evanstonian Charles Compton rejoined the Civil Air Patrol at the rank of colonel. This time his CAP membership is honorary and comes with the presentation of CAP’s Distinguished Service Medal. When he joined CAP for the first time, Mr. Compton was in his early 20s during World War II, and German submarines were picking off American cargo and transport ships. As a volunteer member of the fledgling CAP – established Dec 1, 1941 and originally called the Coastal Patrol – Mr. Compton flew the organization’s signature small aircraft as one of its famed subchasers.

The Distinguished Service Medal is CAP’s highest award for service and is bestowed for “conspicuous performance of outstanding service in a duty of great responsibility where the position held and results obtained reflect upon the accomplishments and prestige of CAP on a national scale.”