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Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. (September 15, 1927October 27, 1962) was a pilot and officer in the United States Air Force, and the first recipient of the Air Force Cross. Anderson was born in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University in 1948. He was shot down over Cuba on October 27, 1962, while flying a U-2 spyplane (see Lockheed U-2). Image File history File linksMetadata Major_anderson. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Major_anderson. ... September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar). ... October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 65 days remaining. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... The Air Force Cross is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force. ... For other places with the same name, see Greenville. ... Clemson University is a public, coeducational, land-grant research university located in Clemson, South Carolina. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 65 days remaining. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed Dragon Lady, is a single-seat, single-engine, high-altitude aircraft flown by the United States Air Force. ...


Originally flown by the CIA, the USAF took over the U-2 Cuba overflight missions on October 14th. The first flight was by Maj. Richard S. Heyser of the Strategic Air Command's 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing from Laughlin Air Force Base (Del Rio, Texas). For the film of the same name, see Strategic Air Command (film) The Strategic Air Command (SAC) was the operational establishment of the United States Air Force in charge of Americas bomber-based and ballistic missile-based strategic nuclear arsenal from 1946 to 1992. ... Laughlin Air Force Base is a facility of the United States Air Force located near Del Rio, Texas, close to the border of the United States with Mexico. ...


On October 15th as CIA analysts poured over Heyser’s reconnaissance film, they found SS-4 medium-range ballistic missiles. These pictures triggered the Cuban Missile Crisis. On October 27, Major Anderson launched his U-2 from McCoy Air Force Base, Orlando, Florida, and was shot down by a Soviet-supplied SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missile (SAM Site) near Banes, Cuba. Anderson was killed when shrapnel punctured his pressure suit causing it to decompress at altitude. On October 31, Acting United Nations Secretary U Thant, returning from a visit with Premier Fidel Castro, announced that Major Anderson was dead. His body was returned to the United States, and he was interred in Greenville on November 6, 1962. He was the only casualty of this most dangerous incident of the Cold War. Small TextThe Cuban Missile Crisis was a bitch ass confrontation during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States in Cuba. ... McCoy Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base near Orlando, Florida. ... Nickname: The City Beautiful, O-Town, 407 Location in Orange County and the state of Florida. ... An S-75 missile on camoflaged launcher An S-75 missile in elevated position An North Vietnamese S-75 site An S-75 missile in transit A Fan Song radar (left) and what looks like a Low Blow to the right The SA-2 Guideline is the NATO reporting name... Akash Missile Firing French Air Force Crotale battery Bendix Rim-8 Talos surface to air missile of the US Navy A surface-to-air missile (SAM) is a missile designed to be launched from the ground to destroy aircraft. ... U Thant (Burmese: ; 22 January 1909 – 25 November 1974) was a Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1961 to 1971. ...


By order of President John F. Kennedy Major Anderson was posthumously awarded the first Air Force Cross as well as the Distinguished Service Medal, Purple Heart and the Cheney Award. As a side note, Anderson was a member of Boy Scout Troop 19 of Greenville, South Carolina. Furthermore, every year a memorial service is held in his honor. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... The Air Force Cross is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force. ... The Distinguished Service Medal is a military award of the United States Army which is presented to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the United States military, has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility. ... For other meanings see Purple Heart (disambiguation). ... The Cheney Award is presented each year in memory of 1st Lt. ...


Some of the wreckage of Major Anderson's U-2 can be found in two museums in Havana, Cuba. The engine and portion of the tail assembly from the U-2 is on display at the Museo de la Revolucion in Havana. The right wing, a portion of the tail assembly, and front landing gear are on display at the Museo del Aire, also in Havana.


A Memorial to Major Anderson can be seen at Cleveland Park in Greenville, SC. The Memorial consists of an F-86 Sabre, the type of plane Major Anderson flew in the Korean War. The F-86 was used for the Memorial because there were no surplus U-2 planes available at when it was erected in the 1960's. In 2007 a team from Lockheed Martin traveled to Greenville to clean and repaint the Memorial. The North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic combat aircraft developed for the US Air Force. ... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders... Lockheed/BAE/Northrop F-35 Lockheed Trident missile C-130 Hercules; in production since the 1950s, now as the C-130J Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is an aerospace manufacturer formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. ...


External links

  • 'History Spotlight' of Air Link (the official website of the US Air Force) about Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr.

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Rudolph Anderson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (188 words)
Anderson was born in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University in 1948.
As a side note, Anderson was a member of Boy Scout Troop 19 of Greenville, South Carolina.
Anderson's death took place during the Cuban Missile Crisis; he was apparently the only direct human casualty of the conflict.
Backgrounder: Eric Robert Rudolph (1099 words)
While Rudolph frequently espoused these views, he never officially joined the ranks of the hate groups he followed, and is believed to have acted alone in the bombings he is accused of committing.
Rudolph was not known to be a regular at extremist protests and rallies, nor did he create Web pages to espouse his views.
Anderson and Rudolph had many things in common, but their most important shared attribute was an adherence to Christian Identity.
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