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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 17, 2017 09:35 AM
From: Representative Francis X. Ryan and Rep. Greg Rothman
To: All House members
Born July 18, 1921 in Cambridge Ohio, Mr. John Glenn earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering before beginning his illustrious career with the U.S. Armed Forces:
  • 1942 entered the Naval Aviation Cadet program
  • 1943 Commissioned in the Marine Corps
  • 1959 was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to be a Mercury astronaut
In addition to flying numerous combat missions during World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Glenn was the first American man to orbit the Earth. This 1962 journey around the Earth brightened a nation, inspired dreams and influenced generations of Americans, and upon completion of his mission, NASA and President John F. Kennedy considered Mr. Glenn to be a national hero and deemed him too valuable to reenter space. In 1998 Mr. Glenn did return to space once again and in doing so set a record for when he became the oldest person to fly in space.

Mr. Glenn retired from the space program and military with numerous medals and awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.

In 1974 Mr. Glenn began his political career by being elected as a United States Senator for Ohio and was reelected to the Senate four more times before his retirement.

Please join Representative Rothman and myself in honoring the life and achievements of Mr. John Glenn and extend condolences to his family, friends and admirers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julianne Naccarato in my Capitol office via jnaccara@pahousegop.com or 717.783.1815.

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