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Francis Gary Powers - U2 Pilot KA-20 | Marker History

Francis Gary Powers – U2 Pilot Marker, KA-20

Francis Gary Powers (1929-1977) was raised here in Pound and graduated from Grundy High School. Powers enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 after graduating from Milligan College in Tennessee. In 1956, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruited him to fly espionage missions over the Soviet Union. On 1 May 1960 the Soviets shot down his U-2 spy plane. Parachuting to safety, he was captured, tried, and sentenced to ten years in prison for espionage. Powers was exchanged in 1962 for a Soviet spy. The CIA and the military decorated him for his efforts. He died 1 Aug. 1977 in a helicopter crash and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Marker Information:
Date Approved by DHR: 06/01/05
Year On Marker: 2005
Original Sponsor: Private Sponsor
Region: Southwest Region
Geographic Location: Wise County
Physical Description of Location: Median at junction of Orby Cantrell Highway (US 23) and Indian Creek Road, Pound, VA 24279. Marker is on right when traveling north on US 23.
GPS Location: 37.10045,-82.599572
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