UTA Magazine
2006 Military Science Hall of Honor inductees

Lt. Col. David J. Anderson Lt. Col. David J. Anderson entered Arlington State College (now UT Arlington) in 1962 as an aerospace engineering major, but financial and family health concerns forced him to leave. He joined the Army in 1968 as a second lieutenant in the field artillery. He finished in the top 10 in his class in helicopter flight training and was sent to Vietnam, where he flew hunter-killer missions. In 1973 he was assigned to Thailand in the Joint Casualty Resolution Center with a mission to resolve MIA cases in Southeast Asia. The Army then sent him back to UT Arlington, where he completed his aerospace engineering degree in 1978. He served as a helicopter test pilot for several years before retiring in 1988. Lt. Col. Anderson’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 49 oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He is an associate fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and works as a test pilot and senior aerospace engineer at Global Helicopter Technology in Arlington. He and his wife, Jillian, have five children and 18 grandchildren.

Col. C.A. “Clifton” Potter Col. C.A. “Clifton” Potter received his bachelor’s degree from Arlington State College (now UT Arlington) in 1963. He entered the Army as a second lieutenant of artillery and was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and went on to teach artillery at the U.S. Armor School at Fort Knox, Ky. He was deployed to Germany, then sent to U.S. Forces Command and subsequently led the first battalion of the 12th field artillery for three years. Col. Potter’s awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with V device and three oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and Parachute Badge. After retiring from the Army in 1990, he took an entry-level position in casino security in Colorado. He eventually moved into casino management before retiring completely in 2003. He and his wife, LaVerne, live in Golden, Colo. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Capt. Ronald M. Rendleman Capt. Ronald M. Rendleman received his bachelor’s degree from Arlington State College (now UT Arlington) in 1963. He participated in the famed march to Fort Hood along with other members of the Jodies after his junior year at ASC. He received his pilot’s license from the original college flight training program sponsored by the Army. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1963 and, after completing helicopter school, was assigned to Vietnam, where he flew more than 250 combat missions, earning 20 Air Medals. After the war, he became an instructor at Fort Wolters, Texas, before retiring from the Army in 1966 and moving back to Dallas, his hometown. Capt. Rendleman outfitted the Huey helicopter with extra armor plates in strategic places to protect the crew and invented a way to add firepower to the gunship. The Army adapted these innovations in various forms. He holds several patents for his work in the printing industry, and his success in auto racing and show cars is legendary. He still owns the 1933 Plymouth that he bought in 1957 for $75. He has been a scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts and is involved with his church. He and his wife, Martha, have two children.

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