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Major Rudolf Anderson Jr.
Major Rudolf Anderson Jr.
Sept. 15, 1927 - Oct. 27, 1962
Citizens of Greenville
State of South Carolina
The United States of America
In a period of great international stress he performed this duty of great responsibility with honor. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and gave his life that America could proceed on a course toward peace without the threat of tyrants.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Erected by The Citizens of Greenville.
Location. 34° 50.481′ N, 82° 23.654′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker can be reached from Ridgeland Drive. Click for map. This marker is located in Cleveland Park. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Baptist Church World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); River Lodge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Greenville Gas and Electric Light Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mill Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Furman University (approx. Old Mill Ruins (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vardry Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Reedy River Falls (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Cherokees (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenville.
More about this marker. Major Anderson was the sole casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Also see . . .
1. Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr. Official Air Force biography of Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Cuban Missile Crisis / Major Rudolf Anderson shot down. Brief background and photo spread of the shootdown and memorial dedication. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Wikipedia entry for Major Rudolf Anderson Jr. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina.)
4. Rudolf Anderson, Jr. US Air Force Major, he was shot down and killed while flying over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Submitted on February 10, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. Clemson Honors Hero of Cuban Missle Crisis. Clemson honored an alumnus and American (Submitted on February 10, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
6. Wreckage of Major Rudolf Anderson Jr.'s U2 at the Museo del Aire, Havana, Cuba. (Submitted on February 10, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
7. Scaned Photo of Pres. John F. Kennedy's Letter to Major Anderson's Widow. (Submitted on February 10, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. United States Air Force Major Rudolf Anderson Jr. Memorial
While on a thirteen mile high reconnaissance mission over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, on October 27, 1962; Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., a U-2 pilot, was shot down by a Soviet, SA-2, surface-to-air missile. He was the only man of any nationality to lose his life in the conflict and that was the key event that avoided war with U.S.S.R.
Born: September 15,1927 in Spartanburg,S.C.
Graduated: Greenville High School in 1944
Clemson Agricultural College - B.S. in Textile Engineering in 1948
Married: Frances Jane Corbett and they had three children
Enlisted, USAF: November 6, 1951
Buried: November 6, 1962 at Woodlawn Memorial Park
Major Anderson was senior pilot with over 3,000 hours flying time, of which over 1,000 hours were as a U-2 pilot.
He served in the Korean
President John F. Kennedy posthumously awarded Major Anderson the Distinguished Service Medal and the first Air Force Cross. At that time, the Bronze Star Medal was the highest combat decoration that could be awarded for Cold War action.
Major Anderson's shoot down and supreme sacrifice over Cuba was particularly significant. Had this not happened, experts of the Cuban Missile Crisis agree that the United States would have stumbled into a cold war.
On May 19, 1963 this F-86 Saber Jet, similar to the ones which he flew in Korea, was dedicated in his honor and was re-dedicated on its 35th anniversary, May 19, 1998. The Saber Jet was Major Anderson's favorite plane to fly.
— Submitted February 10, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
2. F-86 Sabre Jet
The F-86 Sabre Jet was manufactured by North American Aviation, Inc. Over 6,000 F-86 jets were manufactured in seven models.
The F-86 General data is:
- A wingspan of 39'
- Length of 38'
- A height of 15'
- Weight fully loaded of 21,000+ lbs
- Maximum speed of 715 miles per hour
- A cruising speed of 600+ miles per hour
- A range of 1,000+ miles
- A ceiling height of 49,000-50,000 feet.
The F-86 could be equipped with a variety of armament:
- .50 caliber machine guns
- 20-mm cannons
- 5" diameter HVAR rockets
- 2.75" Mighty Mouse rockets
- A maximum of 2,000 lbs. of bombs.
The F-86 was very versatile serving as a combat fighter jet and also as a reconnaissance jet.
The F-86 entered service in 1949 with primary use in the Korean War where it had a kill ratio of 14 to 1 against the slightly superior Soviet MIG-15 due to superior US aviator training.
Commonly nicknamed "Dog Saber", "Dog" and the "Honey Bucket" by its aviators, it was one of the last military jets to be flown manually by a single pilot.
— Submitted September 8, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 4,441 times since then and 147 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 2, 3. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 4. submitted on , by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. 5, 6. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 7, 8. submitted on , by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. 9, 10. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.