Near Del Rio in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Rudolf Anderson, Jr.
U.S. Air Force pilot Rudolf Anderson was the only American airman shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Born in 1927 in South Carolina, Anderson joined the military in 1951 and soon began flying reconnaissance missions during the Korean Conflict. Stationed at Laughlin Air Force Base by 1957, he was here when the Cuban Missile Crisis developed in October 1962. On October 27, while piloting a U-2 plane over Cuba to provide surveillance of a medium range ballistic missile site under construction, antiaircraft fire hit his plane, killing him. The Air Force decorated Anderson posthumously and in 2001 renamed Laughlin's operation building Anderson Hall. He is buried in South Carolina.
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13695.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, Cold.
Location. 29° 22.069′ N, 100° 47.929′ W. Marker is near Del Rio, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 90 and Liberty Drive, on Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Del Rio TX 78840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Military Aviation in Val Verde County (here, next to this marker); Lt. Jack T. Laughlin (here, next to this marker); Laughlin Army Air Field (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Army Camel Corps (approx. 5.2 miles away); Site of Camp Del Rio (approx. 5.2 miles away); Cementerio Loma de la Cruz (approx. 5.3 miles away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); John Taini (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Del Rio.
Also see . . . How the Death of a U.S. Air Force Pilot Prevented a Nuclear War. History.com (Submitted on September 14, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.