|Charles Moss Duke, Jr.
the youngest person to walk on the Moon
Born October 3, 1935, in
Charlotte, North Carolina
Married To Dorothy Meade
Children two sons, Charles and Thomas
Lancaster (South Carolina) High School
Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida
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
Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force
upon graduation from the Naval Academy.
Received primary flight training at Spence Air Force
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 instructor.
Promoted to Air Force Reserve Brigadier General in
1979, and retired with that rank in June 1986.
Selected as an astronaut in April 1966.
Member of the astronaut support crew
for Apollo 10.
CAPCOM for Apollo 11.
It was he who was on the radio with Neil Armstrong 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
Duke as CAPCOM for Apollo 11
Backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo
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
He 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
Duke walking on the Moon
family photo left on the Moon by
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
Air Force Association
Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Reserve Officer Association
Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship
Christian Businessmen's Committee
National Space Society
Recognitions and Awards
NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1970)
JSC Certificate of Commendation (1970)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf
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
South Carolina Man of the Year (1973)
South Carolina Hall of Fame (1973)
Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
International Space Hall of Fame (1983)
Astronaut Biographies www.jsc.nasa.gov
International Space Hall of Fame www.nmspacemuseum.org
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