Francis Gary Powers, spy plane pilot shot down over USSR, to receive Silver Star posthumously
BRISTOL, Va. — The American pilot whose spy plane was shot down in 1960 over the Soviet Union is set to receive a Silver Star posthumously.
A ceremony to award the third-highest combat military decoration for valor to Francis Gary Powers is scheduled June 15 at the Pentagon.Now, I would imagine a good chunk of the delay comes from the easing of tensions between the two countries, the passage of time, and the declassification of Cold War documents has a lot to do with this rather than any intentional snub to Powers. Our intelligence-gathering capabilities and such were a card closely held to the vest, and even now, some 50+ years after the incident, we're reluctant to divulge *anything* about our abilities - even if they are so dramatically different now that we might as well be giving the Soviets the plans for a Model T...
In any case, it's good to see Captain Powers finally receive this award, even fifty+ years late.
That is all.