Buzz Aldrin’s Second Distinguished Flying Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AUTHORIZED BY ACT OF CONGRESS JULY 2, 1926 HAS
AWARDED

THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

TO

EDWIN E. (BUZZ) ALDRIN, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

FOR HEROISM
WHILE PARTICIPATING IN AERIAL FLIGHT

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Colonel Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr., United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, from 11 November 1966 to 15 November 1966. During this period, he served as Pilot on spacecraft Gemini-Titan 12, completing 59 revolutions of the earth in an elapsed time of 94 hours and 34 minutes. During this mission, he logged more extra-vehicular activity time than any other man; a 2 hour and 27 minute stand-up extra-vehicular activity; a 2 hour and 8 minute umbilical extra-vehicular activity, and another 51 minute stand-up extra-vehicular activity for a total of 5 hours and 26 minutes. He completed all 19 assigned extra-vehicular activity tasks. In addition, his crew was successful in completing 14 scientific and medical experiments and the highly successful rendezvous and docking with a target vehicle. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Aldrin reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


 Born: 20 January 1930 in Glen Ridge, N.J…. Graduated third in his class at the U.S. Military Academy (Class of ’51)… Earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses… Selected for NASA’s Astronaut Group 3 in 1963… Served as pilot aboard Gemini 12 and then lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, where he became the second man to walk on the moon… Retired as colonel in 1972

Author: Real American Heroes

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