Congressional Gold Medal glow shines on Auburn fighter ace
Honors – collectively as well as singly – continue to come
Anderson, who was designated a triple ace for credit to shooting down 16 planes on his own and gaining a further quarter credit on a 17th as a pilot during World War II in Europe, was part of the American Fighter Aces group awarded the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony last week in Washington, D.C.
“I feel very humbled to receive the highest award Congress can give,”
The solid-gold medal awarded to the American Fighter Aces is being displayed at the National Air and
Like other fighter aces at the ceremony,
Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke at the ceremony unveiling and awarding the gold medal, which features images of fighter pilots and airplanes from major conflicts and wars. He singled out Lt. Carl Rieman, who was “a fiery, competitive guy – loved to fly and loved his country.”
“This medal is for Carl and all the other American Fighter Aces who fought bravely on behalf of a grateful nation,” Boehner said.
Of more than 60,000 pilots who have flown for the