Anderson, Clarence Emil "Bud"

Date of birth:
January 13th, 1922 (Oakland/California, United States)
Nationality:
American

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces
Awarded on:
July 11th, 1944
Action:
"For extraordinary achievement and heroism in aerial combat over enemy occupied Continental Europe while serving as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 363d Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in the destruction of one enemy airplane on 6 May 1944. The skillful and zealous manner in which Captain Anderson has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage, under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."
Details:
Headquarters, 8th Fighter Command, General Orders No. 40
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Action:
"For extraordinary achievement and heroism in aerial combat over enemy occupied Continental Europe while serving as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 363d Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in the destruction of three enemy airplanes on 17 June 1944. The skillful and zealous manner in which Captain Anderson has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage, under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."
Details:
Headquarters, 8th Fighter Command, General Orders No. 50 (Second DFC reveived as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Action:
"For extraordinary achievement and heroism in aerial combat over enemy occupied Continental Europe while serving as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 363d Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in the destruction of three enemy airplanes on 27 July 1944. The skillful and zealous manner in which Captain Anderson has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage, under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."
Details:
Headquarters, 8th Fighter Command, General Orders No. 63 (Third DFC reveived as second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Action:
"For extraordinary achievement and heroism in aerial combat over enemy occupied Continental Europe while serving as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 363d Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in the destruction of five enemy airplanes on 15 August 1944. The skillful and zealous manner in which Captain Anderson has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage, under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."
Details:
Headquarters, 8th Fighter Command, General Orders No. 72 (Fourth DFC reveived as third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces
Action:
"For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Fighter Pilot of the 363d Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, as leader of a flight of fighter type aircraft on a combat operation in the vicinity of Berlin, Germany, on 27 November 1944. When superior forces of enemy aircraft were encountered, Major Anderson skillfully led his flight in assisting to disperse the enemy formations, personally destroying two enemy aircraft and probably destroying another. The courage, superior airmanship, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Anderson on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and the Army Air Forces."
Details:
Fifth DFC reveived as fourth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
18th Tactical Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force
Action:
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Deputy Commander for Operations, Vice Commander, and Commander, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, from 3 August 1965 to 22 December 1967. In these important assignments, the leadership, exemplary foresight, and ceaseless efforts consistently demonstrated by Colonel Anderson resulted in significant contributions to the effectiveness and success of the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing. He developed and supervised programs that not only increased the Wing's performance but also strengthened the Air Force's procedures for countering aggression within Southeast Asia. The superior initiative, outstanding leadership, and personal endeavor displayed by Colonel Anderson reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."
Legion of Merit - US Military
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
Aircraft Division with Material Command, U.S. Air Force
Action:
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Chief of the Aircraft Division with Material Command at McClellan AFB, California, from 1970 to 1972. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Colonel Anderson culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and his dedicated contributions in the Service of his Country reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."
Details:
In the function of Chief (second LoM reveived as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Legion of Merit - US Military
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
w/ 3 silver oak leaf clusters
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
w/ 4 service stars
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Details:
w/ 1 service star
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Details:
w/ 2 service stars
Vietnam Service Medal (VSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
w/ 1 silver and 1 bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service Award
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
w/ Silver Star
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 2015

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