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Luther W. Randerson
Luther W. Randerson in uniform.jpg
Born (1917-07-27)July 27, 1917
Died October 31, 2016(2016-10-31) (aged 99)
Place of birth Texas
Place of death Midland, Texas
Place of burial Resthaven Memorial Park, Midland, Texas
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
Rank Major
Service number 0-725789
Unit 111th Reconnaissance Squadron, 69th Reconnaissance Group, Ninth Air Force
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross

Luther Winn Randerson (27 July 1917 in Texas - 31 October 2016 in Midland, Texas) was a American Major in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He also was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross which was awarded for having distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in circumstances which do not justify the award of the Medal of Honor.

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Major (Air Corps) Luther W. Randerson (ASN: 0-725789), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of an F-5 Photo-Reconnaissance Airplane in the 111th Reconnaissance Squadron, 69th Reconnaissance Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 23 February 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Major Randerson shot down three enemy aircraft in a single mission. Major Randerson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.


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