Clarence Emil "Bud" Anderson is a WWII Triple Ace. He served from 1942 to 1972. Some of his decorations include: two Legion of Merits, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals and the Bronze Star Medal. After retiring from active duty, Anderson worked at the F-15 test facility at Edwards Air Force Base.
this year he turned 100 years old and just gor promoted (Dec. 6th 2022) to Brigadier General.
"[Bud's] kind of a wrecking ball of a guy and I think for many of us, probably wouldn't want to have him behind us shooting us down—he had a distinguished career," Brown said. "It was really good to have a chance just to read through and for me personally to reflect on the impact you had on our history of our Air Force."
A large crowd of more than 200 people were in attendance to honor Anderson, as well as members of Congress, local district representatives and retired military.
"To all the young people that have the ambition to join the Air Force," Anderson said, "have at it! You can be what you want to be and you should know that when you like what you do, you can excel, be a better person at your job to do it better."