A new petition to the White House is asking President Obama to give retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager his second star.
Yeager is best known as the first human being to travel faster than the speed of sound as a test pilot in October 1947. He was featured prominently in the book and movie “The Right Stuff.”
“General Yeager at no time in his career ever sought personnel gain in the military,” the petition says.”He stepped up time after time, and performed the mission as required.”
Retired Master Sgt. Ronald Enriquez started the petition because he feels Yeager is due the honor for his decades of service to the Air Force.
“How many of the guys that are flying today are indirectly descendents from Yeager’s skill?” Enriquez said. “So that’s why it’s really important, as a crew chief, to sit there and recognize somebody who just keeps on giving.”
Reached through Facebook, Yeager says he appreciates the support from veterans and other folks for getting his second star.
“I was raised to honor my flag and my country and that duty was paramount,” he said.
The petition needs 100,000 signatures by Sept. 17 to get a response. As of Wednesday, it only had 78 signatures.
A White House spokesman said every petition that gets the required number of signatures is reviewed and gets a response.
“We’re generally not in a position to comment specific petitions until a response is issued to petitioners,” Matt Lehrich said in an email.