John Glenn

By John Noble Wilford

 

John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the Space Age as the first American to orbit the Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

Ohio State University announced his death.

Glenn had recently been hospitalized at the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University in Columbus, though university officials said at the time that admission there did not necessarily mean he had cancer. He had heart-valve replacement surgery in 2014 and a stroke around that time.

He had kept an office on the campus at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, which he helped found, and had a home in Columbus.

In just five hours on Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn joined a select roster of Americans whose feats have seized the country's imagination and come to embody a moment in its history, figures like Lewis and Clark, the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh.

To the America of the 1960s, Glenn was a clean-cut, good-natured, well-grounded Midwesterner, raised in Presbyterian rectitude, nurtured in patriotism and tested in war, who stepped forward to risk the unknown and succeeded spectacularly, lifting his country's morale and restoring its self-confidence.

It was an anxious nation that watched and listened that February morning, as Glenn, 40 years old, a Marine Corps test pilot and one of the seven original American astronauts, climbed into Friendship 7, the tiny Mercury capsule atop an Atlas rocket rising from the concrete flats of Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The Cold War had long stoked fears of nuclear destruction, and the Russians seemed to be winning the contest with their unsettling ascent into outer space. Two Russians, Yuri A. Gagarin and Gherman S. Titov, had already orbited Earth the year before, overshadowing the feats of two Americans, Alan B. Shepard and Virgil I. Grissom, who had been launched in separate missions only to the fringes of space.

What, people asked with rising urgency, had happened to the United States' vaunted technology and can-do spirit?

The answer came at 9:47 a.m. Eastern time, when after weeks of delays the rocket achieved liftoff. It was a short flight, just three orbits. But when Glenn was safely back, flashing the world a triumphant grin, doubts were replaced by a broad, new faith that the United States could indeed hold its own against the Soviet Union in the Cold War and might someday prevail.

No flier since Lindbergh had received such a cheering welcome. Bands played. People cried with relief and joy. Glenn was invited to the White House by President John F. Kennedy and paraded up Broadway and across the land. A joint meeting of Congress stood and applauded vigorously as Glenn spoke at the Capitol.

In his political history of the Space Age, "... The Heavens and the Earth," author Walter A. McDougall described Glenn's space mission as a "national catharsis unparalleled."

"It seemed that he had given Americans back their self-respect," McDougall added, "and more than that – it seemed Americans dared again to hope."

Glenn was reluctant to talk about himself as a hero. "I figure I'm the same person who grew up in New Concord, Ohio, and went off through the years to participate in a lot of events of importance," he said in an interview years later. "What got a lot of attention, I think, was the tenuous times we thought we were living in back in the Cold War. I don't think it was about me. All this would have happened to anyone who happened to be selected for that flight."

Glenn did not return to space for a long time. Kennedy thought him too valuable as a hero to risk losing in an accident. So Glenn resigned from the astronaut corps in 1964, became an executive in private industry and entered politics, serving four full terms as a Democratic senator from Ohio and in 1984 running unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Finally, 36 years after his Mercury flight, in the last months of his final Senate term, he got his wish for a return to orbit. Despite some criticism that his presence on the mission was a political payoff, a waste of money and of doubtful scientific merit, the hero of yesteryear brought out the crowds again, cheering out of nostalgia and enduring respect as he was launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery on Oct. 29, 1998. At 77, he became the oldest person to go into space.

In retirement from the Senate, Glenn lived with his wife 73 years, Anna (he always called her Annie), in a suburb of Washington in addition to Columbus. Ohio State University is the repository of papers from his space and political careers.

"John always had the right stuff," President Barack Obama said in a statement on Thursday, "inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond – not just to visit, but to stay."

Glenn is survived by his wife; two children, Carolyn Ann Glenn of St. Paul, Minnesota and John David Glenn of Berkeley, California; and two grandsons, Daniel and Zach Glenn.

The Making of a Hero

John Herschel Glenn Jr. was born on July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio, the only son of a railroad conductor who also owned a plumbing business, and the former Clara Sproat. A few years later, the Glenns moved to New Concord, a small town in southeastern Ohio with a population of little more than 1,000.

"It was small but had a lot of patriotic feeling and parades on all the national holidays," Glenn once said. "Wanting to do something for the country was just natural, growing up in a place like New Concord."

Like most everyone else there, the Glenns lived through the hard times of the Depression, instilling in their son a rigid moral code based on their own God-fearing example and saw him through an apple-pie boyhood. He played trumpet, sang in the church choir, washed cars for pocket money and worked as a lifeguard at a summer camp. In high school (now named for him), he was an honor student and lettered in football, basketball and tennis.

He still had time to court his high school sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor, the doctor's daughter. It did not matter that she stammered; she was his girl, and he loved her. They married in April 1943, and he often called her "the real rock of the family." From the time they came to public attention, and throughout the turbulence of spaceflight and politics, John and Anna Glenn each seemed the other's center of gravity.

Not until much later did she undergo intensive therapy that virtually cured her stammer, enabling her even to give speeches in public.

Glenn began his journey to fame in World War II. In 1939, he enrolled at Muskingum College in his hometown to study chemistry, but he took flying lessons on the side. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, he signed up for the Naval Aviation cadet program and after pilot training opted to join the Marines. As a fighter pilot, he flew 59 combat missions in the Pacific, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses and other decorations.

Glenn saw more action in the Korean War, flying 90 combat missions and winning more medals. He put his life on the line again as a military test pilot in the early days of supersonic flight. In 1957, just months before the Soviet Union launched its first Sputnik satellite, he made the first transcontinental supersonic flight, piloting an F8U-1 Crusader from Los Angeles to New York in the record time of 3 hours 23 minutes 8.4 seconds.

Then, in 1959, newly promoted to lieutenant colonel, he heeded a call for test pilots to apply to be astronauts for the fledgling National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He and six other pilots were selected in April of that year. (The original Mercury 7 included Glenn, Shepard, Grissom, Walter Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Deke Slayton and Scott Carpenter. Glenn was the last surviving one.)

All seven men were eager, competitive and ambitious, but none more so than Glenn. Tom Miller, a retired Marine general and close friend since they were rookie pilots in World War II, recalled that Glenn was so determined to be an astronaut that he applied weight to his head to compress his height down to the 5-foot-11-inch maximum for the first astronauts. "He wasn't going to miss a trick," Miller said. "He'd be sitting down reading with a big bunch of books sitting on his head."

But his determination did not win him the assignment to be the first U.S. astronaut to fly. He had to wait out the suborbital flights by Shepard and Grissom in 1961 before his turn came.

Patience, Then Liftoff

In his 1999 memoir, written with Nick Taylor, he admitted he was sorely disappointed when Shepard was tapped for the first flight. As the oldest and most articulate of the astronauts, Glenn had attracted a big share of the publicity. He said that he had "worked and studied hard dedicating myself to the program" and that he thought he had a "good shot" at being first. In a letter to a NASA official, Glenn wrote, "I thought I might have been penalized for speaking out for what I thought was the good of the program."

At this time, as Glenn often recalled, he never anticipated that his orbital flight would be the one that most excited the public, satisfying the nation's hunger for a hero.

Tom Wolfe wrote of that time in the best-selling 1979 book "The Right Stuff," a phrase for coolness in the face of danger that has passed into the idiom. He described Glenn as excessively pious, scolding his fellow astronauts about their after-hours escapades while openly lobbying to be the first of them to fly.

"He looked like a balding and slightly tougher version of the cutest-looking freckle-faced country boy you ever saw," Wolfe wrote. "He had a snub nose, light-hazel eyes, reddish-blond hair and a terrific smile."

Glenn said he liked the book but not the 1983 movie based on it, in which he was portrayed by Ed Harris. "Most of his account was reasonably factual, although I was neither the pious saint nor the other guys the hellions he made them into," he told Life magazine in 1998. "Hollywood made a charade out of the story and caricatures out of the people in it."

The 1962 space mission came after two months of one postponement after another, sometimes for mechanical problems, often for bad weather. Once Glenn had to wait six hours, fully suited, in the cramped Friendship 7 capsule before officials called off the launch. But he projected confidence. "You fear the least what you know the most about," he said at the time.

On the 11th scheduled time, all was "go," and the rocket lifted off from Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral. The flight stopped the nation in its tracks; people watched on black-and-white television, listened on the radio and prayed.

At the end of the first orbit, an automatic control mechanism failed, and Glenn took over manual control. He would see three sunsets in a brief time. He puzzled for a while about "fireflies" outside his window. NASA later determined that it was his urine and sweat, which was being dumped overboard and turned to frozen crystals glowing in sunlight.

A faulty warning light signaled that the capsule heat shield, designed to protect it in the fiery descent back to Earth, had come loose and might come off during re-entry. The signal was erroneous, but no one could be sure. Ground controllers ordered that a retrorocket unit attached under the heat shield by metal straps not be jettisoned after firing in order to give added protection and reduce the risk of premature detachment of the heat shield. This was Glenn's first real clue that something was amiss.

As Friendship 7 plunged through the atmosphere, the astronaut's recorded heartbeat raced as one of the metal straps came loose and banged on the side of the capsule.

"Right away, I could see flaming chunks flying by the window, and I thought the heat shield might be falling apart," he wrote after the flight. "This was a bad moment. But I knew that if that was really happening, it would all be over shortly, and there was nothing I could do about it."

The capsule splashed down in the Atlantic off the Bahamas, where a Navy destroyer was waiting. Glenn radioed, "My condition is good, but that was a real fireball, boy."

In the flush of fame, Glenn toured the country publicizing the space program, visiting aerospace plants and waving to cheering crowds and signing autographs. But he always had his eye on another flight into space.

He kept asking NASA officials about a new flight assignment and was routinely stonewalled. Not yet, they said. Kennedy's reservations about risking a hero's life were disclosed years later.

Frustrated, Glenn resigned from NASA in early 1964. But an idea for a new career had been planted in his mind.

To the Senate, and Beyond

One night in December 1962, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy invited the Glenns to dinner at his home in McLean, Virginia. In the course of the evening, the attorney general suggested that Glenn run for public office. With the backing of a powerful Kennedy, he might have a good chance at a Senate seat from Ohio in the 1964 election.

Glenn's parents happened to be among the few Democrats in New Concord, and Glenn once recalled that he had developed an abiding interest in political affairs from his high school civics teacher, Harford Steele.

Glenn eventually took the advice, but had to quit the race after being seriously injured in a bathroom fall. He spent the next decade working as an executive of the Royal Crown Cola Co. He still had the space itch, though, and inquired about a possible place on one of the Apollo missions to the moon, but NASA gave him no encouragement.

"Yeah, I would have liked to go to the moon," he said in later years. "But I didn't want to stick around being the oldest astronaut in training just hoping to go to the moon. So I went on to other things, and that was a decision I lived with."

After Robert Kennedy's assassination in 1968, Glenn headed a bipartisan lobbying group called the Emergency Committee for Gun Control. President Lyndon B. Johnson later signed the Gun Control Act of 1968, placing some restrictions on firearms.

In 1970, Glenn ran again for the Senate, but lost in the Democratic primary to Howard M. Metzenbaum. Four years later, Glenn won the primary and breezed to victory in the general election, beginning a 24-year career in the Senate.

Over the years, Glenn earned the respect of Senate colleagues as an upright, candid and diligent legislator. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., described Glenn as a "workhorse" who was especially well-informed and a forceful voice on defense issues. "When he speaks, you know he's speaking on a subject of which he has a command and a reason for speaking," Graham said shortly before Glenn's return to space.

As a senator, Glenn developed an expertise in weapons systems, nuclear proliferation issues and most legislation related to technology and bureaucratic reform. He generally took moderate positions on most issues, though in his last two terms his voting record became more liberal. He was an enthusiastic supporter of President Bill Clinton.

The senator drew admiring audiences in his run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, but his wooden speaking style and lack of a cogent campaign message were blamed for his poor showing at the polls. After losses in several states, he dropped out of the race, which former Vice President Walter F. Mondale won before President Ronald Reagan overwhelmed him in the general election.

The one blemish on Glenn's squeaky-clean political reputation came in the 1980s, when he was one of five senators present at a meeting with federal regulators concerning accusations of savings and loan association fraud against Charles H. Keating Jr., a former Ohioan. The meeting smacked of impropriety and political pressure. Because Glenn had no further contact with Keating, who eventually was sent to prison, the Senate decided that he did nothing deserving discipline.

As a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Glenn developed the medical rationale used in arguing his case for a return flight in space. He offered himself as a human guinea pig in tests of the physiological effects of space weightlessness, like bone-mass loss and cardiovascular, muscular and immune system changes, and how they seem to be comparable to the usual effects of aging.

Glenn's return to space in 1998 drew criticism. But the new-old astronaut was not to be denied, and his heroic image, and reawakened memories of the early space age, attracted launching crowds on a scale not seen since astronauts were flying to the moon.

Still healthy and vigorous, though not as agile as in 1962, Glenn embarked on his second venture in space, as he said in an interview, to show the world that the lives of older people need not be dictated by the calendar.

A Flier Almost to the End

In recent years, honors continued to come his way: the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland was renamed the John H. Glenn Research Center.

In 2012, about a week before the 50th anniversary of the Friendship 7 flight, a reporter found the 90-year-old Glenn in full voice and clear mind, but regretting that he had sold his airplane the month before. Their aging knees had made it difficult for him and his wife to climb on the wing to get into the cabin of their twin-engine Beechcraft Baron. For years they had flown it on vacations and back and forth to Washington. Though his airplane was gone, Glenn was pleased to say several times that he still had a valid pilot's license.

Glenn was a flier, almost to the end.

In one of the interviews at this time, he was reminded that Wolfe, the author, had recently judged him "the last true national hero America has ever had."

Glenn gave another of his dismissive aw-shucks responses: "I don't think of myself that way," he said. "I get up each day and have the same problems others have at my age. As for as trying to analyze all the attention I received, I will leave that to others."


Published by Buffalo News on Dec. 9, 2016.
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My condolences to the family. May the God of Comfort. continue to comfort the family.
April 2, 2020
I was a 10-year-old children when they donated me a book called Mercury Project.
On those pages I met the seven astronauts of the program. Glenn immediately became my hero. Today, two years after his death, I want to pay tribute to him with my affectionate remembrance.
Rest in peace Ancient Pioneer of the space.
Luigi Bocchino
December 8, 2018
to john glenn a American hero I met with john glenn two time in maine I have his autograph
george turner
March 31, 2018
I will missed you. Rest in Peace.
Brennen Garcia
January 10, 2017
Nazarene Mckinney
December 29, 2016
A member of the armed forces myself, with 34 years. He has been an true blue inspiration during my younger years while in the Air Force. God Bless Glenn and his family.
Michael Vernon Brown
December 20, 2016
We from from the Central State University's Research Office of the Land-Grant Program would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Honorable John Glenn. His untiring support for Science,Technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEM) education has benefited many underrepresented, first generation college students at Central State University and other places. His support has paved the way for numerous scientific discoveries and many technological advances. He was a very kind Senator and was very dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans. My God Bless his family and friends at this time of sorrow.
Sri Sritharan
December 19, 2016
Mortar Board was proud to claim John as a member. Please accept our deep sympathy and know of our most sincere regard for the way that he lived Mortar Board's Ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.
Jane Hamblin, writing from the Mortar Board National Office
December 19, 2016
I was only 10 years old when Mr Glenn went up in space! So exciting! What a good, long, exciting life well lived! My condolences to the Glenn family.
Judith Taite
December 19, 2016
Carmen Weathers
December 19, 2016
Thank you
T. Woodard
December 19, 2016
Rest in peace, Mr. Glenn. Godspeed through the heavens that you were destined to have witnessed. Prayers and blessings to your family, friends and colleagues during this time of celebration and transition.
Maria
December 18, 2016
You are one of a kind, John Glenn, Father, Grand father, I think your greatest honor is to be husband to Annie. God broke the mold when he made you. Carrie Abrams, Mt. Shasta
December 18, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Glenn family as they lose a love one. Mr. Glenn was a great man. I know that his loves will miss him very much.
Margaret Wagner
December 18, 2016
god speed---a great american hero !
December 17, 2016
In God's care,rest in peace.
Dwayne Bickham, Sr.
December 17, 2016
Praying for you and your family, friends and co-workers. Remember Jesus is close to all of you.
June
December 17, 2016
I was a member of the General Dynamics launch team which sent Sen. Glenn into
space on February 20, 1962 on Atlas 109-D
from Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral AF Station FL. Our thoughts and prayers are
with the family.

Lee Gardenour and family
Lee Gardenour
December 17, 2016
John Glenn, you were a great man, a man with integrity,a true hero. I wish there were more men like you, but there was only one John Glenn.what we have left is your legacy, and what an impressive one thank you for your service Rest Well My Friend.
sonia
December 17, 2016
A true American hero. Rest In Peace Sir.
Lynn Hodges
December 17, 2016
thank god for you and all the good you have done in this world. you were sent here from god.what a blessing. prayers for the family.you made america proud.RIH.
betty cox
December 17, 2016
betty cox
December 17, 2016
I would like to send my condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
December 17, 2016
I am sorry for your loss. I know the loss of a family can be sad but there is a hope for those who have died to be resurrected in the 'new system' also known as paradise. God will remember all those who have died, if he can name all the stars than he can remember our names even those who have died. May you and your family soon feel better again. Never look back and always keep moving forward.
Jones
December 17, 2016
Mrs. Glenn, thank you for sharing your sweetheart with the world. I know we are all sending our love for him and you during this time of loss. No words can truly help but you are all in our prayers.
Lisa & Clyde Harrison
December 17, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Glenn family. He was truly a great man. I wrote a letter to Senator Gleen while I was in college he sent me a letter back that helped get me the financial aid so I could finish my degree. I am truly greatful more than words can say. God Speed John Gleen.
Amy Barnes
December 16, 2016
Sadly we lose another patriot from our greatest generation. Condolences to Annie and his family. Rest in peace Marine.......
Mike Bush, US Navy (Retired)
December 16, 2016
My sincere condolences on the passing of Senator Glenn. My husband, myself and my son were honored to meet him and his precious wife. What a wonderful and memorable experience it was. My husband purchased the Beech Baron from Mr. Glenn and we made the trip up to Dayton to have him and Annie sign the plane. A couple of years later my husband passed. I still have the plane and cherish the memories from the time the Glenns flew it and the short time my husband enjoyed it. May God and wonderful memories bring comfort to Annie, his family, and dear friends.
Chryol Kelley
December 16, 2016
My condolences and my thoughts are with you. May Good fortune fill your wings I'm the future, Glenn family.
Jessica Warman
December 16, 2016
Rest in peace, sir. Thank you for your service and dedication to the American people and union.
Karen P.
December 16, 2016
Rest in Pease my friend..
John Ratcliff
December 16, 2016
I would like to send my condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
December 16, 2016
Robert Walters
December 16, 2016
Robert Walters
December 16, 2016
Dear Mrs. Glenn.
I was so sad to hear of Senator Glenn's passing but want you to know that you, Lyn and David are in my heart and prayers during this time of sorrow. We have lost a very honorable man on earth, but heaven has gained.
Love,
Ernie
Ernestine "Ernie" Hunter Craig
December 15, 2016
I'm so glad you had a chance to live beyond circling the planet of ours, Mr. John Glenn!
Michael Boyd
December 15, 2016
John Glenn, you have left this world and traveled to worlds unknown. Thanks for your service. Always in our hearts and mind
Lynne Raisley
Acquaintance
December 15, 2016
Robert Walters
December 15, 2016
Robert Walters
December 15, 2016
Robert Walters
December 15, 2016
Robert Walters
December 15, 2016
i Learnt about John Glenn in School as a kid and i still have that feeling of awe when i look at his photos. Rest in Peace World Hero.!!. Assumpta Chapp-Jumbo. Port Harcourt, Nigeria
December 14, 2016
What a man! Rest in Peace Mr. Glenn. You certainly deserve it!
John
December 14, 2016
Our sincere condolences' to Mrs. Glenn, family, friends, and colleagues. May God be with everyone during this difficult time. If you were fortunate to ever meet, Mr. John Glenn and his wife Annie, it was a moment you will never forget. A true, American Hero, who changed the world and made it a better place for everyone. Amazing life of so many accomplishments for our generation. Dedicated with an open heart and mind to help so many people. He was a proud Ohioan and we are blessed for everything he did for us. Mr. Glenn's warm smile, sparkles in his eyes, and great conversations while speaking to anyone would send you to the moon. Rest in Heaven, Mr. Glenn.
Mamie, Mike, and Sandy Capoziello
December 14, 2016
I was 6 years old when I watched Frienship 7 with John Glenn orbited the earth. I told my mom I was going to name my baby after him. I kept my promise. Glenn was born in 1976 followed by his brother John in 1981. I am so proud I named my children after a real American hero. God's speed John Glenn. Blessed prayers for your family.
Zoey Dering
December 14, 2016
True American Hero he will be missed
David Holub
December 13, 2016
Lorelei Baumlisberger
December 13, 2016
May John Glen R.I.P. And May His Family Be Comforted, that hw is at peace. A Wonderful Individual.
Lorelei Baumlisberger
December 13, 2016
I could never thank u enough for ur invitation to me to attend the sts 95 launch inside KSC 7 miles away.u are my lifelong hero having also saw ur mercury launch on TV in grade school on TV & getting a mercury stamp from the post office on a field trip so in closing I say god speed john Glenn. R.I.p. peace my friend.
Robert Walters
December 13, 2016
A true American hero.Thank you for your service an commitment to your country.My prayers an condolences to your family.
Doug Sweeney
December 13, 2016
sorry for the lost we all know he was the best arstornot and got an airport named after him that was nice and sweet
Joy Gresham
December 13, 2016
Such a wonderful man... husband... and father.
Truly he was a hero.
Michele
Michele Shell
December 13, 2016
Please GOD bless him and his wife and family. We, as humanity, cling to you oh GOD, with the promise that we can be strong with you by our side. We ask for this blessing we pray in name of God, Jesus and the holy ghost, Amen.
David Thomason
December 13, 2016
John was so MUCH more than an astronaut... he was an honorable family... if anyone gave Annie any sort of grief, he made sure they had to deal with him! He would be my hero even if he was a school janitor. Sir, you will always be my hero. As a fellow vet, I salute you. Colleen Avery, USAF Retired, Mt. Shasta, Ca.
Colleen Avery
December 13, 2016
Matthew McGuire
December 13, 2016
My condolences to the Glenn family. What an inspirational career John Glenn had. I think it would be very fitting to have an additional public memorial service for him at the NASA Center that bears his name- The NASA John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.
Frederic Holland
December 13, 2016
One of our greats in history, John Glenn you have served your country well, you have seen things in life that most of us will never get the chance to experience. Your life in whole was spectacular in many peoples eyes throughout the world. May you rest in peace with all your loving arms around you as you enter back into the universe of heavens above. Love to all your family and friends, and Thank you for your service to our country. SYOTOS
Herbert Edmunds
December 8, 2016
In honor of this American hero, all of the flags in Huntsville, Alabama are at half-staff.
He honored our town for its contribution to space exploration and we honor him for his contribution to the USA.
"God Speed, John Glenn. "
He said that a power greater than himself would get him home safely.
And He did.
Martin. David Bishop
December 12, 2016
First man to orbit
December 12, 2016
I was gotten up out of bed to watch his flight and never forgot that moment. Thank God for people like John Glenn
Steve Terry
December 12, 2016
Mr. John Glenn devoted his life to public service in a variety of capacities and gave us much more than he ever took. My hero.
Richard Stephens, Jr.
Midwest City, Oklahoma
December 12, 2016
"May flights of angels sing you to your eternal rest... and do so at 'God's Speed' dear sir!"
Thomas Judd
December 12, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss Mrs.Annie Glenn
I was lucky to have meet you and John Glenn
at the Air&Space Museum on June 2013
I totally enjoyed the lecture that night.I have always looked up to the Mercury 7
I totally loved the movie The Right Stuff
Anything to do with space.
Sending prays to you and your family.
Emily Sarahe Butler
December 12, 2016
My sincerest condolences to you Annie, Lynn and Dave. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I would love to see you again sometime.
Nila Peffers
December 12, 2016
He was a brave man who did wonderful things for our country.
Sharon Sharp
December 12, 2016
God Bless you Mr.Glenn, I pray that your flight to heaven was a safe one

My prayers go out to your family
Chuck G
December 12, 2016
Dear Annie, John and Carolyn: My deepest sympathy for your loss. The world will be different without him. It was another grand run. Best Always, Jill M. Winn nee Richard J.
Jill Winn
December 12, 2016
We have truly lost a great man and an American hero. God bless sir,
mike lee
December 12, 2016
Our condolences.. Mary the God of tender mercy be with the Glen family at this very difficult time and help you all to endure.
Dottie Sample
December 12, 2016
Godspeed, sir. Without you, we wouldn't be where we are today - be it in space, on land, or somewhere in between... Thanks for being the original awesome. You are loved and honored. Ad astra...❤See you then.
Jenny Reid
December 12, 2016
John Glenn was a true American, and hero that any generation would be lucky to have as a standard to look up too as a youngster or any age. I still remember watching his orbital flight in 1962, and when I heard he was thinking of training to go up on the Space Shuttle, I sent him a message at his Senate office and told him to "Go for it!" I am glad he did. I never had the opportunity to meet him in person as I had with Gus Grissom and later Alan Shepard. But in his life's work I feel that I did. May God bless you as you say your final farewell to him in this life, and I am sure he is smiling down on all of you and this nation.
Edward Schramm
December 12, 2016
A true American hero, never to be forgotten.
Karen Adams
December 11, 2016
Back in the 1960S, an exciting time of NASA and our American History......John Glenn was the One and Major Person that did this.....An American Role Model and Hero.....I just Hope He knew How he was Loved so much ............my deepest sympathy to the Glenn Family.....friends, associates....etc....John Glenn will Never Be Forgotten.......another Guardian Angel to watch over this Great Earth........THANK YOU JG....for Your Service, Love of Country.....and being the "RIGHT STUFF"..........thou goesth!!!!!!!!my friend...
C Ann Rozmaryn
December 11, 2016
I am truly sorry for your loss,your family is in my thoughts and prayers,please read 2 Thess.16-17.
December 11, 2016
Proud to be an Ohioan. Thank you John Glenn
Diane Haught
December 11, 2016
Toni Henderson
December 11, 2016
" The span of our life is 70 years, or 80 if we are especially strong. But they are filled with trouble and sorrow.They quickly pass by and away we fly.Teach us how to count our days so that we may acquire a heart of wisdom.' Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Psalm 90:10 & 12
E C
December 11, 2016
Godspeed! You are a True American Hero and your Legacy will live on forever! Prayers for you Annie and your children as you go through this difficult time. God Bless
Vickie Dingess
December 11, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Glenn's passing. He will be remembered in our history books as the first astronaut in space. You are all in our prayers. RIP John we love you and miss you.
Terri Zezza
December 11, 2016
In 1980 my father was very sick. My mother was about to be a single mother of four kids. John Glenn personally contacted cmha in behalf of my mother and three days before my father passed John Glenn assisted my family with affordable housing. John Glenn is America's hero. John Glen is my personal HERO. Mr.Glenn you will always have a special place in my heart. Rest In Heaven
Rochelle Tolbert
December 11, 2016
We have lost a friend, a remarkable statesman who always put his country first, a truly great Ohioan and a national hero. We salute Annie Glenn, his amazing partner and keep her in our prayers.

former Governor and First Lady Bob and Hope Taft
December 11, 2016
May you rest in peace John Glenn. You are a True Hero for all times.
Jeri Casolino
December 11, 2016
rest in peace john a job well done you will be miss by all in this world
December 11, 2016
You are the perfect inspiration for all of us. We loved young still do.
Rick Berry, Georgia
December 11, 2016
I was 12 years old when you took your first historic space flight. You inspired us all to dream bigger dreams and believe in our potential. Thank you, John Glenn.
Glenna Stewart
December 11, 2016
Rest in peace john.may god watch out for your family. You were truly an amazing man and an inspiration to all of us.
Robert Rupert
December 11, 2016
Growing up in Houston he was my child hood hero. RIP hero.
James Farmer
December 11, 2016
Valenda Newell
December 11, 2016
Dear Annie, Please know that the James & Betty Leahy family of Tiffin. Ohio are thinking of you at this time of loss. Our brother, Patrick, was so in love with both you and John. John was truly an American hero, but we know that behind every great man is a wonderful woman who helped him shine.

Colleen, Shannon, Terri, & Molly Leahy
Colleen Leahy
December 11, 2016
Rest in Peace John Glenn, you truly are an American Hero, and had the Right Stuff God Speed
Ray Thomas (Orono, Maine)
December 11, 2016
From the family of Bernice Anderson Merry, a old class mate of John,s we are deeply sorry to hear of his passing. We had lunch with the Glenns in New Corcord at the 70 th reunion, I think 2009 at his home, very remarkable man. Sympathy from
Robert and Ronald Merry.
Robert Merry
December 11, 2016
A true legacy and hero for our next generation... RIP John Glenn... God Speed
Gregg Adams
December 11, 2016
Mr. Glenn, you made us very proud to be Ohioans and Americans. Rest in Peace.
Pat Miller
December 11, 2016
Great true America was a true hero
Melvin Clark
December 11, 2016
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE JOHN GLENN YOU WAS THE BEST AT EVERY THING YOU DID.YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
Debbie Aldridge
December 11, 2016
Dear John Glenn
May you rest in peace you are a hero to the all Americans
Gerard Desjardins
December 11, 2016
MAY THE GOD OF TENDER MERCIES COMFORT ALL OF YOU. 2 COR. 1:3.
December 11, 2016
RIP Mr. Glenn. A true hero who will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to your family.
Judy Eastman
December 11, 2016
Thank you for the example of integrity, courage, and decency you showed in all aspects of your life, including your life-long marriage to your extraordinary wife.
December 11, 2016
Sorry for your loss may you draw comfort from Gods word at Hosea 13:14. L Ohio
December 11, 2016
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