WWII Ace, Col. Clarence E. 'Bud' Anderson Tribute

  • May 22, 2015 3:54pm GMT

It's what Memorial Day is all about; remembering those who sacrificed everything for the preservation of our freedoms.

On March 16th, 2015, Col. Clarence E. 'Bud' Anderson was honored in his hometown city of Auburn, CA with a bronze statue of the famed pilot along with a replica of his 'Old Crow' P-51 soaring skyward. Created by Doug Van Howd, the statue was raised at Auburn Airport, now known as Anderson Field. In addition to the monumental honor, Col. Anderson was memorialized with the renaming of a local street.

In addition to the statue, Bud received special recognition by accepting the Federal Aviation Administration's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years. Recipients are awarded a certificate and a lapel pin and are recognized in the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa, was one of the dignitaries present at the event. “In honor of Col. Anderson and as a student of WWII studies, to meet a living legend really completes the story,” he said.

Auburn Mayor Keith Nesbitt on behalf of the citizens of Auburn, accepted the statue being gifted to the city. “I’m honored for the privilege to be mayor during this celebration,” Nesbitt said. “To be able to (commemorate) one of the finest of the great generations is an honor.”

Flyovers were conducted by the local Red Star pilots, a flight of T-6 Texans and a flight of P-51's.

Special thanks to photographer, Mark E. Loper for his coverage of the event and the accompanying photos.