Clifford Leon Ruffin (1957 - 2002)

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Bay Pines National Cemetery
Section C Site 615,
P.o. Box 477, Bay Pines, Fl

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Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

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Branch of service: Us Navy
Rank attained: AEAN

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Leon

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1957 - In the year that Clifford Leon Ruffin was born, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

1961 - By the time he was only 4 years old, on April 17th, about 1,000 CIA trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba with the intention of igniting a rebellion and overthrowing Castro. They were defeated within three days. Although the operation began under Eisenhower, Kennedy approved it and the operation, named the Bay of Pigs for the beach where they landed, was a humiliation for the United States.

1967 - At the age of only 10 years old, Clifford was alive when on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

1976 - At the age of 19 years old, Clifford was alive when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

1978 - When he was 21 years old, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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Clifford Leon Ruffin died on February 3, 2002 at 44 years of age. There is no listed cause of death. He was buried in Bay Pines National Cemetery Section C Site 615, Bay Pines, Fl. He was born on July 16, 1957. We are unaware of information about Clifford's family. We know that Clifford Leon Ruffin had been residing in Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida.

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