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More honors for Auburn’s WWII flying ace Bud Anderson

Board of Supervisors commends pilot on service to community, nation
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Auburn’s World War II flying ace Bud Anderson was given a hero’s welcome Tuesday at a Placer County Board of Supervisors ceremony honoring his service to country and community. Anderson, a triple ace during World II, received a commendation for his heroic accomplishments in the skies over Europe, as well as a 30-year military career that saw him testing or piloting more than 100 types of aircraft. Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery presented Anderson, 90, with a framed commendation highlighting the many accomplishments of the high-flying Air Force colonel. “We are deeply, deeply in your debt,” Montgomery said. “You are an incredible asset to our community and country.” Anderson, who grew up in the Newcastle area and retired to Auburn, thanked the board for the honor and led Pledge of Allegiance. “I’m humbled and honored and appreciate it very much,” Anderson said. The lengthy resolution touches down on just a few of the many accomplishments Anderson’s storied life have included – from being credited with shooting down 16¼ Nazi planes to being a leading test pilot to being inducted four years ago into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. “Thank you for being a wonderful example of a life well-lived,” Supervisor Kirk Uhler said. The visit to the Board of Supervisors chambers is part of a series of celebrations the city of Auburn, Placer County, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, and several businesses, organizations and individuals are organizing to honor Anderson. Events include: - A resolution similar to Tuesday’s from the Auburn City Council to be presented on Oct. 22 - An appearance in the Nov. 11 Veterans Day Parade in Auburn as honorary grand marshal - A road-naming ceremony at Col. Bud Anderson Way at the Auburn Airport on Veterans Day - A VIP reception and PowerPoint presentation on his life at the airport on Nov. 11 - A dinner honoring Anderson at the Auburn Airport on Veterans Day For more information on the Nov. 11 reception and dinner, with all proceeds going to the Col. Bund Anderson Statue Fund, contact Kelly Kreeger at kkreeger@placer.ca.gov.