|Charles Moss Duke, Jr.
the youngest person to walk on the Moon
Born October 3, 1935,
in Charlotte, North Carolina
Married To Dorothy
Children two sons, Charles and Thomas
Lancaster (South Carolina) High School
Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg,
Florida (valedictorian), 1953
Bachelor of Science in Naval Sciences
U.S. Naval Academy, 1957
Master of Science in Aeronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964
Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy
University of South Carolina, 1973
Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Francis
Marion College, 1990
Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S.
Air Force upon graduation from the Naval Academy.
Received primary flight training at Spence Air
Force Base, Georgia.
Received basic flight training at Webb Air Force
Base, Texas, from which he graduated in 1958.
Completed advanced training in F-86L aircraft
at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.
Upon completion of this training, he served
three years as a fighter interceptor pilot with
the 526th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at
Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Graduated from the Air Force Aerospace
Research Pilot School in 1965, and then became an
Promoted to Air Force Reserve Brigadier
General in 1979, and retired with that rank in
Selected as an astronaut in
Member of the astronaut support
crew for Apollo 10.
CAPCOM for Apollo 11.
It was he who was on the radio with Neil
during the almost disastrous first manned landing
on the Moon -- the Lunar Lander was several miles
off course and dangerously low on fuel when it
finally touched down.
Backup Lunar Module Pilot for
Inadvertently exposed prime crew member
Thomas "Ken" Mattingly to German
measles. Mattingly had to be pulled from the
mission as a result.
Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 16, April
Accompanied by Spacecraft Commander John W.
Young and Command Module Pilot Thomas
"Ken" Mattingly II.
This was the first scientific
expedition to inspect, survey, and sample
materials and surface features in the Descartes
region of the rugged lunar highlands.
and Young each logged 20 hours and 15 minutes in
extravehicular activities (spread out over three
moonwalks), during which they collected almost
213 pounds of rock and soil samples. At 36 years
of age, he was the youngest person ever to walk
on the Moon.
Mattingly set a record for longest in-flight EVA
from a command module (1 hour 13 minutes) when he
ventured out to retrieve film cassettes from the
panoramic and mapping cameras.
Backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 17.
Retired from NASA in December 1975.
Owner of Duke Investments and president of
Charlie Duke Enterprises. He is also an active
speaker and Christian lay witness and president
of Duke Ministry For Christ.
Air Force Association
Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Reserve Officer Association
Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship
Christian Businessmen's Committee
National Space Society
NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1970)
JSC Certificate of Commendation (1970)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with Oak
Leaf Cluster (1972)
Air Force Legion of Merit (1972)
Air Force Command Pilot Astronaut Wings (1972)
SETP Iven C. Kincheloe Award (1972)
AAS Flight Achievement Award (1972)
AIAA Haley Astronautics Award (1973)
Federation Aeronautique Internationale V.M.
Komarov Diploma (1973)
South Carolina Man of the Year (1973)
South Carolina Hall of Fame (1973)
Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout
International Space Hall of Fame (1983)
Astronaut Biographies http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/duke-cm.html
International Space Hall of Fame
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