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Other Profession(s): Fighter Pilot, Test pilot
Higher Education: Graduation and Engineering degree
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About John Glenn
John Herschel Glenn Jr., popularly known as John Glenn was born in 1921 and died in 2016. Besides being an aviator and engineer, he was also an astronaut, a businessman, and a politician. In 1962, John Glenn orbited the Earth three times, becoming the third American in space. After retiring from NASA, he served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Ohio from 1974 to 1999; he flew into space again at the age of 77 in 1998. A job delivering The Columbus Dispatch newspaper followed after he washed cars and sold rhubarb to earn money for a bicycle. He was a member of a Cub Scout organization similar to the Ohio Rangers.
During his elementary school years, he attended New Concord Elementary School with his adopted sister Jean.
During the Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1941, Glenn earned a free private pilot license and physics credit.
In March 1942: The Army did not call him to duty, so he enrolled as a cadet in the Navy's aviation program.
In March 1943: As a second lieutenant, Glenn was commissioned after completing his flight training.
In December 1948: Glenn became a flight instructor at NAS Corpus Christi after being reassigned from NAS Corpus Christi.
During the Korean War, Glenn flew 27 combat missions in the F-86 while assigned to the 25th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron.
Glenn piloted NASA's Mercury-Redstone 3 and Mercury-Redstone 4 suborbital missions as a backup for Shepard and Grissom.
In July 1952: A promotion to major was bestowed upon him.
February 20, 1997: His retirement from the Senate was announced on the 35th anniversary of his Friendship 7 flight.
Awards & Achievements
World War II Victory Medal,
Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp),
American Campaign Medal,
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with one star),
China Service Medal
On April 6, 1943, Glenn and Annie were married in a Presbyterian ceremony at College Drive Church in New Concord, Ohio.
As a result of breaking the transcontinental airspeed record, Glenn's public life and legacy began.