Congressional Gold Medal Award

posted Oct 20, 2015, 6:52 PM by Richard Qualls   [ updated Oct 20, 2015, 6:53 PM ]
Ms. Virginia Bloom will be honored this Sunday October 25th with the Congressional Gold Medal Award at the Military Aviation Museum. Virginia joined CAP in 1943. She trained as a cadet navigator in a Piper Cub aircraft giving directions to CAP pilots, checking visuals, and making avionics calculations by long hand as a 14-year old CAP cadet. She proudly answered the call that, as she recalled “wished young people to do something worthwhile to care for our troops ... when you’re a kid, there wasn’t much you could do.”  Furthermore, Mrs. Bloom noted that anytime someone was flying and she could hitch a ride, she would do so.  She loved to fly. Part of her CAP service and war efforts was to gather scrap metal for manufacturing - even small bits of tin foil from cigarette packs - and deliver it to the reclamation center. She would also collect hats and gloves for servicemen overseas. She took a correspondence course in armaments related to pistols, their maintenance and cleaning. Virginia also had the opportunity to “shoot landings” in a B-25.