Astronaut John Glenn to Be Buried at Arlington National Cemetary

Herman Weaver
December 13, 2016

- Though the American public knew John Glenn as one of NASA's original seven Mercury astronauts and later an OH senator, he prided himself in being a colonel and fighter pilot with the U.S. Marines, recalled Robert Cabana, Kennedy Space Center director.

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The author Tom Wolfe wrote that Glenn, once a small-town American, became "the last true national hero America has ever made". He was one of the "Original Seven" also known as the "Mercury Seven", who were the first cohort of Nasa astronauts.

On February 20, 1962 he piloted the "Friendship 7" spacecraft on a three-orbit mission some 100-162 miles from Earth that lasted four hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds. The Soviet Union had put a man into orbit a year earlier in 1961.

Glenn sought the Democratic presidential nomination himself in 1984 but was quickly eliminated by eventual nominee Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president.

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"John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record, to becoming, at age 77, the oldest human to touch the stars", the president said.

Glenn's experiences as a pioneer astronaut were chronicled in the book and movie "The Right Stuff", along with the other Mercury pilots.

"It also made Glenn an instant hero". Glenn was considered one of the definitive American national heroes.

Glenn was met by John F. Kennedy, with whom he became friends.

Outside stands a replica of the silver Mercury-Atlas 6 "Stargazer" rocket that flew Glenn into space. "That's the John Glenn that I hope people will remember forever". The 95-year-old former Marine suffered a stroke two years ago after having heart valve replacement surgery. They had two children, David and Lyn.

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