The 14 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis brought this planet to within hours of a potential chain of events that could have lead to an escalating war intimately with the use of nuclear weapons. The only know casualty was U-2 Pilot Maj. Rudolf Anderson, Jr. who was shot down and killed on October 27, 1962. The U-2 he piloted was hit by a SA-2 over Cuba. Anderson was killed with scrapnel punctured his pressure suit causing the suit to decompress at altitude. He was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross. He was buried in Greenville, SC on Nov. 6th, 1962 (no body). An elementary school in Arkansas bears his name.