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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®


Houston, Harris County, Texas


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Pioneers in Space Awards

Pioneers in Space Medal
The UDC presents Pioneer in Space Awards to individuals who are lineal descendants of Confederate Soldiers or Sailors. Posthumous awards are permitted.

Description: The bronze medal is in the shape of a spaceship and in relief depicts the Earth in the foreground with the moon (or sun) with several stars. The Flag of the United States of America and the First National Flag of the Confederacy appear prominently in the center of the medal. The words “Pioneers in Space” are located at the top of the medal which is suspended from a sky blue ribbon by the intertwined initials, UDC. The words “United Daughters of the Confederacy” are at the very bottom of the medal at the base of the spaceship design.
. In 1974, the Convention approved the creation of the Pioneers in Space Committee. It dissolved in 1978, re-established in 1981, as a Special Committee. In 1985, it became a Standing Committee.

In June 1984, copyrights to the Pioneer in Space Medal were applied for and Registration in the name of the United Daughters of the Confederacy entered by the Copyright Office Library of Congress, Washington, DC on 15 Oct 1984.

Fifty numbered Medals were purchased from Medallic Art Company of Danbury, CT. Certificates to accompany the Medal, the Certificate of Award for Technical Achievement were designed and printed. The application forms were also approved and prented.

The criteria is as follows:



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"It is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors . . . .
to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown."
-- Ferdinand Magellan, ca. 1520

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The below list of names are the only individuals in the world
who have received the Pioneers in Space Medal from the UDC:


. Name Medal Number
Curtis Lee Brown, Jr.
Brown, Curtis Lee, Jr.
Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Presented in 1991 by the
Bladen Stars Chapter 2303, UDC
Elizabethtown, NC
15
Kenneth Dale Cockrell
Cockrell, Kenneth Dale
U.S. Navy Reserves (Ret.)

Awarded in 2008 by the
Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC
Houston, Texas
32
Henry Robert Laurel Crippen
Crippen, Robert Laurel
U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Awarded in 2009 by the
Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC
Houston, Texas
32
Charles Moss Duke, Jr.
Duke, Charles Moss, Jr.
Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Awarded on 29 Oct 1984 by the
South Carolina Division, UDC
Richmond, VA
2
Henry W. Hartsfield, Jr.
Hartsfield, Henry W., Jr.
U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Presented on 2 Nov 1987 by the
Tennessee Division, UDC
Nashville, TN
7
Susan Steel Kilrain
Kilrain, Susan Steel
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
26
William Surles McArthur, Jr.
McArthur, William Surles, Jr.
Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
18
Jon Andrew McBride
McBride, Jon Andrew
Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
22
William Reid Pogue
Pogue, William Reid
Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Presented in 1992 by the
Oklahoma Division, UDC
16
Margaret Rhea Seddon
Seddon, Margaret Rhea, M.D.
Space Shuttle Discovery, 1985

Presented on 16 Jan 1988 by the
Southern Cross Chapter 2505, UDC
Houston, Texas
8
No photo
available
Shariett, Charles Allen, III 27
Michael John Smith
Smith, Michael John
Captain, U.S. Navy
Deceased - Space Shuttle Challenger

Presented on 10 Oct 1986 by the
North Carolina Division, UDC
Charlotte, NC
5
Robert Lee Stewart
Stewart, Robert Lee
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Presented on 9 Nov 1990 by the
Alabama Division, UDC
Richmond, VA
9
Norman Earl Thagard
Thagard, Norman Earl, M.D.
U.S. Marine Corps

Presented on 10 Oct 1987 by the
Florida Division, UDC
Vero Beach, FL
6
William Edgar Thornton, Jr.
Thornton, William Edgar, Jr., M.D.
U.S. Air Force

Awarded on 10 Oct 1986 by the
North Carolina Division, UDC
Charlotte, NC
4
Richard Harrison Truly
Truly, Richard Harrison
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
11
David Mathieson Walker
Walker, David Mathieson
Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Deceased

Awarded on 8 Oct 1985 by the
Florida Division, UDC
Cocoa Beach, FL
3
Barry E. Wilmore
Wilmore, Barry Eugene "Butch"
Captain, U.S. Navy

Awarded in 2010 by the
Gen. Robert Hatton Chapter 329, UDC
Lebanon, TN
33
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UDC Memorial Building
Richmond, VA

Presented on 29 Oct 1984
1
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Time Capsule at the
Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA

Presented on 29 Oct 1984
10
.
South Carolina Confederate
Relic Room and Museum
Columbia, SC

Presented in 1991
13
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Confederate Research Center
Hillsboro, Texas

Presented in 1991
14

Note: Several medals have been presented to museums as well as the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL and the Johnston Space Center in Houston, TX.


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