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Clarence Emil Anderson
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Nickname(s) Bud
Born January 13, 1922 (1922-01-13) (age 99)
Oakland, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service 1942–1972
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Unit 357th Fighter Group
355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Commands held 69th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
18th Tactical Fighter Wing
355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Battles/wars World War II
Vietnam War
Awards Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Flying Cross (5)
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal (16)

Clarence Emil "Bud" Anderson (born January 13, 1922) is a retired officer in the United States Air Force and a "triple ace" in World War II. During the war he was the highest scoring ace in his P-51 Mustang squadron. This was the same squadron as well known test pilot (and first pilot to break the sound barrier) and ace Chuck Yeager, and they have remained lifelong close friends. Towards the end of Anderson's two combat tours in Europe in 1944 he was promoted to major at age 22, an extremely young age even for a highly effective officer in wartime.

After the war Anderson became a well regarded fighter test pilot, and a fighter squadron and wing commander. He served his wing commander tour in combat in the Vietnam War. He retired as a full colonel in 1972, after which he worked in flight test management for McDonnell Douglas.On July 19, 2008, Anderson was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Col. Anderson has remained a sought after speaker at aviation and military events well into his 90's.


  • Command pilot
  • Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
  • Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak leaf clusters
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Air Medal with three silver leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • American Campaign Medal
  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four service stars
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal with one service star
  • Vietnam Service Medal with two service stars
  • Korea Defense Service Medal
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and oak leaf clusters
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Legion of Honour
  • Croix de Guerre, with silver star (France)
  • Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal

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