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Brig. Gen. Robert Cardenas, Air Force Pioneer from San Diego, to Be Laid to Rest at Miramar

Retired Tax. General Robert Cardenas attended the SDSU and was shot down over Germany before becoming a general.
Retired Tax. General Robert Cardenas speaks at the Miramar National Cemetery in 2018. Photo by Chris Stone

Prison. General Robert L. Cardenas, a pioneering Air Force officer who grew up in San Diego and retired here, will be buried in Miramar National Cemetery on Thursday.

Cardenas, who died on March 10 at the age of 102, will be buried in the cemetery where helped create upon his retirement.

The general was born in Yucat .n, Mexico in 1920. He attended school in San Diego and graduated from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque in 1955.

His military career began in 1939 when he joined the California National Guard. During World War II, he served as a pilot of the B-24 Liberator in Europe. After being shot down over Germany, he returned to Allied territory.

After the war, Cardenas became a test pilot, launching early fighter jets and bombers. It was piloted by the B-29 Superfortress that carried Chuck Yeager’s X-1 missile aircraft for the first flight faster than sound.

He flew in combat missions during Vietnam and continued in leading positions with the Air Force in Spain and at NATO headquarters. He retired in 1973 and lived in San Diego.

The ceremony on Thursday will include a flyover as a tribute to a man described as “one of the most important military minds of the 20th century”.


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