Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.

Buzz Aldrin Jr.

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badge-image Buzz Aldrin Jr. is a Military Veteran
   Served in the United States Air Force from 1951 starting as Second Lieutenant to 1972 attaining rank of Colonel.
Served as a combat pilot in Korea (66 combat missions) and later as an astronaut at NASA, the first man to land on the moon and the second to walk on it.



Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born on January 20, 1930, in Montclair, NJ to Edwin Aldrin and Marion Moon. He has two older sisters, Madeline Ross and Fay Ann. His nickname "Buzz" was coined by his sister Fay, who pronounced "brother" as "buzzer" when they were little.[1][2][3]

From at least 1930 to at least 1940 the Aldrin family lived at 25 Princeton Place in Montclair, NJ. [4][5] In 1946, Buzz graduated a year early from Montclair High School.[3][6][7] Passing up a scholarship to MIT, Buzz attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1951, graduating third in his class.[1][3][6][7]

After graduation, Buzz joined the Air Force as a second lieutenant and served in the Korean War. He completed 66 combat missions as an F-86 fighter pilot, including damaging one and destroying two MIG-15s, earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross.[1][3][6][7] After the war, Buzz was stationed in Bitburg, Germany as the flight commander of the 22nd Fighter Squadron, flying F-100s.[3][6][7]

Buzz returned to the US and earned his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA in 1963. In October of that year, he was named as one of the third group of astronauts at NASA.[1][3][6][7]

On November 11, 1966, Buzz Aldrin and James Lovell were launched into space in the Gemini 12 spacecraft. During the 4-day, 59-revolution flight, Buzz established a new extra-vehicular activity (EVA) record of 5 1/2 hours. The crew splashed down in the Atlantic on November 15, 1966. [1][3][6][7][8]

The Apollo 11 mission launched on July 16, 1969, including commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins. On July 20, 1969, Neil and Buzz made history by becoming the first people to set foot on the moon. They spent 21 hours on the moon's surface in the Sea of Tranquility, and Buzz logged an additional 2 hours and 15 minutes of EVA time during the mission. The crew returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. [1][3][6][7][9]

Edwin legally changed his name to Buzz Aldrin in 1988.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 CNN Library, Buzz Aldrin Fast Facts (Cable News Network (CNN), 11:27 AM EST, Fri January 31, 2014), Internet, http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/15/us/buzz-aldrin-fast-facts/
  2. 2.0 2.1 Buzz Aldrin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzz_Aldrin, Wikipedia, 24 May 2014), Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 To the moon and beyond (Bergen, New Jersey, USA, The Record, July 20, 2009, 9:16 AM), Internet, http://www.northjersey.com/news/nation/to-the-moon-and-beyond-1.161043
  4. Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1930; Census Place: Montclair, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: 1332; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0518; Image: 310.0; FHL microfilm: 2341067.
  5. Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Year: 1940; Census Place: Montclair, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2337; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 7-238.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Astronaut Bio: Buzz Aldrin (Houston, Texas, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jan 1996), Internet, http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/aldrin-b.html
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Buzz Aldrin, Buzz Aldrin | Astronaut, Apollo XI, 11, Gemini 12 » Biography: (http://buzzaldrin.com/the-man/biography/, Buzz Aldrin Enterprises, LLC, 2014), Internet, 14 Jun 2014: http://buzzaldrin.com/the-man/biography/
  8. NASA - NSSDC - Spacecraft - Details: Gemini 12 (National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC), 14 Jun 2014), Internet, http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1966-104A
  9. NASA - NSSDC - Spacecraft - Details: Apollo 11 Command and Service Module (CSM) (National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC), 14 Jun 2014), Internet, http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1969-059A

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On 28 May 2017 at 06:11 GMT Darlene (Scott) Kerr wrote:

Hello: Final version of newly revamped category should now read

Category: United States Air Force, Korean War.

Also Category: US Air Force Veterans is no longer needed and the word Veteran is no longer needed.

Thank you for your help with this.

On 3 Mar 2016 at 14:20 GMT Keith McDonald wrote:


Additional medal categories that you could add (as listed on his wikipedia page)

Category: Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

Category: Legion of Merit

Category: Air Medal

Category: Air Force Commendation Medal

Category: Outstanding Unit Award

Category: Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction

Category: NASA Distinguished Service Medal

Category: NASA Exceptional Service Medal

Category: National Defense Service Medal

Category: Korean Service Medal

Category: Air Force Longevity Service Award

Category: Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

Category: United Nations Korea Medal Korea

Category: Republic of Korea War Service Medal

On 3 Mar 2016 at 14:18 GMT Keith McDonald wrote:


we are trying to do away with all of the various named veterans categories and use named with the actual units/branch of service. can you please replace:

Category: US Air Force Veterans


Category: Korean War US Air Force Veterans


Category: Korean War, United States Air Force

On 20 Jul 2014 at 23:24 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

Hi Jeremy,

Would you please connect Buzz to his parents that Kim listed below? If there's a reason why you are not wanting to collaborate please let me know so we can talk about it. Collaboration is an important requirement of WikiTree.


Eowyn - WikiTree Team

On 20 Jul 2014 at 02:43 GMT Bob Fields wrote:

Apollo 11, first manned mission to the moon. Could you add template
Buzz Aldrin Jr. is notable.
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and other categories for his achievements please. Also a public biography+tree (otherwise nobody can search on relationship to him), plus links to Wikipedia and other sources, and a picture. Thanks so much.

On 21 Jun 2014 at 04:35 GMT Kim Jordan wrote:

Parents are now listed: Edwin Aldrin and Marion Moon. This puts Buzz at 59 steps from AJ!

Queen Elizabeth II Buzz is 20 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 21 degrees from Mel Lambert, 20 degrees from John Lejeune and 23 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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