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United Daughters of the Confederacy®



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. 

The criteria is as follows: 
Pioneers in Space Medal to those who have flown in space as a part of the U.S. Space Program 

Pioneers in Space Certificate for Technical Achievement to those who have made significant contributions to the U.S. Space Program but who have not flown in space.

"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

Pioneer in Space Award Recipients


Norman Earl Thagard
Thagard, Norman Earl, M.D.

U.S. Marine Corps

William Edgar Thornton, Jr.
Thornton, William Edgar, Jr., M.D. 
U.S. Air Force

Robert Lee Stewart
Stewart, Robert Lee
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Jon Andrew McBride
McBride, Jon Andrew
Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Henry W. Hartsfield, Jr.
Hartsfield, Henry W., Jr.
U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Michael John Smith
Smith, Michael John
Captain, U.S. Navy
Deceased - Space Shuttle Challenger
Crippen, Robert Laurel
Captain, US Navy, Retired

Richard Harrison Truly
Truly, Richard Harrison
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

David Mathieson Walker
Walker, David Mathieson
Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

William Reid Pogue
Pogue, William Reid
Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

William Surles McArthur, Jr.
McArthur, William Surles, Jr.
Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Charles Moss Duke, Jr.
Duke, Charles Moss, Jr.
Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

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

Susan Steel Kilrain
Kilrain, Susan Steel
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Kenneth Dale Cockrell
Cockrell, Kenneth Dale
U.S. Navy Reserves (Ret.)
Shariett, Charles Allen, III

Margaret Rhea Seddon
Seddon, Margaret Rhea, M.D.

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.

For more information on the Pioneers in Space Medal contact Elma Burke.

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