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Response to MinM (Reply #17)

Thu Sep 27, 2012, 12:44 PM

24. The Twelfth Day



Maj. Rudolf Anderson, Jr., USAF



"The Twelfth Day"

by Liz Newall

It's not often that we can say one person saved our way of life within our own lifetime. I don't mean a national leader. Nor a soldier going off to war, although surely all such American soldiers from WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm have served to do just that. And I don't mean single-handedly.

On that day, the 12th day of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Major Rudy Anderson '48 took off for yet another U-2 overflight of Cuba.

But if you were born by the fall of 1962, you can say with certainty that fellow Clemson alumnus Rudy Anderson risked his life and lost it after a succession of missions that saved our homeland from a nuclear attack. And if you were born after those 13 days in October 1962 when the U.S. government faced down the Soviet Union in what became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, your debt to Anderson is no less great.

'Big trouble' only 90 miles away

Oct. 16, 1962, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy received a call from his brother President John F. Kennedy summoning him to the Oval Office with a foreshadowing of "big trouble."

CONTINUED...

http://www.clemson.edu/about/military/twelfthday/



Maj. Rudy Anderson should be a hero to ALL, Americans and people of planet Earth.

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