RECOGNIZING THE 95TH BIRTHDAY OF CLARENCE ``BUD'' ANDERSON; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 9
(Extensions of Remarks - January 13, 2017)

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       RECOGNIZING THE 95TH BIRTHDAY OF CLARENCE ``BUD'' ANDERSON

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                           HON. DOUG LaMALFA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Friday, January 13, 2017

  Mr. LaMALFA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 95th birthday 
of Clarence ``Bud'' Anderson. A Colonel in the United States Air Force, 
Bud is a veteran of both the Vietnam War and World War II, where he 
achieved the status of ``triple ace'' after shooting down a total of 
16\1/4\ enemy planes and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the 
highest honor bestowed by Congress.
   Born in Oakland, California, Bud grew up on a farm near Newcastle, 
California and joined the United States Army as an aviation cadet in 
1942, where he soon received his commission as second lieutenant in the 
United States Air Force. In the Second World War, Bud flew with the 
363rd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group and tallied 116 
missions in his P-51D Mustang, nicknamed Old Crow.
   In 1944 and at the young age of 22, Bud had already reached the rank 
of Major before returning home to the United States in 1945. He then 
became a fighter test pilot before serving as a Wing Commander on 
another tour of duty in Vietnam. Bud retired as a Colonel in 1972 and 
has been decorated 25 times for his service in the United States Air 
Force. In 2008, Bud Anderson was inducted into the National Aviation 
Hall of Fame.
   I've been proud to call Bud a friend of mine for several years. He 
is a true patriot and someone who is more than deserving of the 
accolades he has received throughout his life and career. Our nation 
would be grateful to have more Americans like Bud Anderson.

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