Braun, Freiherr von, Wernher Magnus Maximilian

Date of birth:
March 23rd, 1912 (Wirsitz/Prussia, German Empire)
Date of death:
June 16th, 1977 (Alexandria/Virginia, United States)
Service number:
185.068
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

SS-Sturmbannführer Wernher von Braun was a Germen rocket-scientist who was responsible for the development of the V-1 and the V-2 in the Second World War. After the war, he worked in the United States, where he was of great importance for the development of military and space rockets.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
Awarded on:
1943
Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse mit Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1944
Action:
On the day of the first launch of the V-2 against targets on the western front.
Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkreuzes mit Schwertern
Awarded on:
1959
Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Awarded on:
1971
Großes Verdienstkreuz mit Stern des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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