CAPT William B. Ecker, 1965
April 6, 1924|
|Died||November 5, 2009(aged 85)|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942-1974|
|Commands held||Light Photographic Squadron (VFP) 62|
|Battles/wars||World War II
Cuban Missile Crisis
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross
William Ecker (April 6, 1924 – November 5, 2009) was a United States Navy officer.
Cuban Missile Crisis
On October 23, 1962, as Commanding Officer of Photo Reconnaissance Squadron 62 (VFP-62), then-Commander Ecker led the first low-level reconnaissance flight over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and (together with his wing man, Lieutenant Bruce Wilhelmy, and four other VFP-62 pilots) took the first close-up photos of the Soviet missile bases in Cuba. During this mission, they both flew RF-8 Crusader aircraft.
After the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Ecker received the Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) for his service. The unit he commanded, VFP-62, received the Navy Unit Commendation. This Navy Unit Commendation was the first one awarded for a peacetime operation and it was personally presented by President John F. Kennedy in a ceremony on November 26, 1962.
Captain William B. Ecker, USN (Retired) lived in Punta Gorda, Florida, until his death on November 5, 2009. Before his death, Captain Ecker began writing a book with Kenneth V. Jack entitled "Blue Moon Over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis." This book was released on August 21, 2012.
Depictions in popular culture
- RF-8 Crusader Units Over Cuba and Vietnam, by Peter Mersky, page 9.
- "Official US Navy Distinguished Flying Cross Citation for William B. Ecker".
- "Official US Navy Citation for Navy Unit Commendation for VFP-62".
- FR-8 Crusader Units Over Cuba and Vietnam, by Peter Mersky, page 11.
- Bernstein, Adam (November 13, 2009). "Washington Post Obituary for Captain William B. Ecker". The Washington Post.
- "Thirteen Days Movie Review by Ivana Redwine".
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