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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.
From at least 1930 to at least 1940 the Aldrin family lived at 25 Princeton Place in Montclair, NJ.  In 1946, Buzz graduated a year early from Montclair High School. 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.
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. After the war, Buzz was stationed in Bitburg, Germany as the flight commander of the 22nd Fighter Squadron, flying F-100s.
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.
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. 
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. 
On 28 May 2017 at 06:11 GMT Darlene (Scott) Kerr wrote:
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:
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:
On 21 Jun 2014 at 04:35 GMT Kim Jordan wrote: