John Glenn Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio
Died: December 8, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio
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John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired)
NASA Astronaut (Former)

Born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. Married to the former Anna Margaret Castor of New Concord, Ohio. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

EDUCATION: Glenn attended primary and secondary schools in New Concord, Ohio. He attended Muskingum College in New Concord and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Muskingum College also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree in engineering. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from nine colleges or universities.

SPECIAL HONORS: Glenn has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions, and holds the Air Medal with 18 Clusters for his service during World War II and Korea. Glenn also holds the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Korea, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy's Astronaut Wings, the Marine Corps' Astronaut Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

EXPERIENCE: He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in March 1942 and was graduated from this program and commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1943. After advanced training, he joined Marine Fighter Squadron 155 and spent a year flying F-4U fighters in the Marshall Islands.

During his World War II service, he flew 59 combat missions. After the war, he was a member of Marine Fighter Squadron 218 on the North China patrol and served on Guam. From June 1948 to December 1950 Glenn was an instructor in advanced flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas. He then attended Amphibious Warfare Training at Quantico, Virginia. In Korea he flew 63 missions with Marine Fighter Squadron 311. As an exchange pilot with the Air Force Glenn flew 27 missions in the in F-86 Sabrejet. In the last nine days of fighting in Korea Glenn downed three MIG's in combat along the Yalu River.

After Korea, Glenn attended Test Pilot School at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland. After graduation, he was project officer on a number of aircraft. He was assigned to the Fighter Design Branch of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (now Bureau of Naval Weapons) in Washington from November 1956 to April 1959, during which time he also attended the University of Maryland.

In July 1957, while project officer of the F8U Crusader, he set a transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York, spanning the country in 3 hours and 23 minutes. This was the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed. Glenn has nearly 9,000 hours of flying time, with approximately 3,000 hours in jet aircraft.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Glenn was assigned to the NASA Space Task Group at Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, in April 1959 after his selection as a Project Mercury Astronaut. The Space Task Group was moved to Houston and became part of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in 1962. Glenn flew on Mercury-6 (February 20, 1962) and STS-95 (October 29 to November 7, 1998), and has logged over 218 hours in space. Prior to his first flight, Glenn had served as backup pilot for Astronauts Shepard and Grissom. When astronauts were given special assignments to ensure pilot input into the design and development of spacecraft, Glenn specialized in cockpit layout and control functioning, including some of the early designs for the Apollo Project. Glenn resigned from the Manned Spacecraft Center on January 16, 1964. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in October 1964 and retired from the Marine Corps on January 1, 1965. He was a business executive from 1965 until his election to the United States Senate in November 1974. Glenn retired from the U.S. Senate in January 1999.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: On February 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn's "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft landed approximately 800 miles southeast of KSC in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island. Mission duration from launch to impact was 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.

STS-95 Discovery (October 29 to November 7, 1998) was a 9-day mission during which the crew supported a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, and investigations on space flight and the aging process. The mission was accomplished in 134 Earth orbits, traveling 3.6 million miles in 213 hours and 44 minutes.

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2003 Save Our History (in person), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1999 The Century: America's Time (in person), 1998 Space Shuttle Discovery: John Glenn Launch (in person), 1994 Moon Shot (in person), 1988 Korea: The Unknown War (in person), 1987 Future Flight (in person), 1985 Spaceflight (in person), 1970 The David Frost Show (in person), 2006 Challenger: The Untold Story (Other), 2006 The First Miracle: 1960 US Olympic Hockey Team (Other), 2005 Beyond the Moon: Failure Is Not an Option 2 (Other), 1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (Other), 2009 The 23rd Annual Midsouth Emmy Awards (in person), 1998 John Glenn: American Hero (in person), 1998 Cold War (in person), 2011 Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War (Other), 2004 I Love the '90s (Other), 1965 John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (Other), 2013 John Glenn: A Life of Service (in person), 2008 Swing State (in person), 1996-2003 Biography (in person), 2001 Korean War Stories (in person), 2001 50 Years of NBC Late Night (in person), 2000 The American President (in person), 1986 CNN Prime News (in person), 1972 Here Comes Tomorrow: The Fear Fighters (in person), 1968 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1953 Name That Tune (in person), 2014 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Other), 2005 Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond (Other), 2003 Failure Is Not an Option (Other), 2001 Modern Marvels (Other), 2000 The Dish (Other), 1999 Viden om (Other), 1991 Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special (Other), 2001 Frasier (Performer), 2008 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (in person), 2003 Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention (in person), 1998-1999 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (in person), 1999 The 71st Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1993 The Tribute: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo & Skylab (in person), 1984 Samantha Smith Goes to Washington: Campaign '84 (in person), 1968 On the Trail of Stanley and Livingstone (in person), 2014 The Sixties (Other), 2012 The Astronomer (Other), 2008 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (Other), 2007 Mars Rising (Other), 1997 Cronkite Remembers (Other), 1994 Houston, We've Got a Problem (Other), 1994 Star Trek: A Captain's Log (Other), 1989 11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried (Other)

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