John Herschel Glenn, Jr. was born July 18,
1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. His wife is Anna Castor Glenn. They have
two children and two grandchildren.
Muskingum College in New Concord where received a Bachelor of Science degree in
Engineering. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science
degree in Engineering by Muskingum College. Glenn has received nine other
honorary Doctoral degrees from several different colleges and universities.
John Glenn entered the Naval Aviation Cadet
Program. He graduated and in 1943, he was commissioned in the Marine
After receiving advanced training, Glenn
joined the Marine Fighter Squadron 155. During that year, he flew F-4U
fighters in the Marshall Islands.
Glenn flew 59 combat missions while he
was serving in World War II. When the war ended, he became a member of the
Marine Fighter Squadron 218 on the North China patrol and served on Guam.
In Korea, John Glenn flew 63 missions
with Marine Fighter Squadron 311. He downed three MIG's in combat along the Yalu
In July 1957, Glenn set a
transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York. He spanned the
country in 3 hours and 23 minutes. This flight become the first
transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed.
On February 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the
Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft. This was the first manned
orbital mission of the United States. He completed a successful three-orbit
mission around the earth. The mission lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23
Glenn became active in politics from 1975
until 1998. He served as a United States Senator from Ohio. He did
not run for re-election in 1998.
At the age of 77, John Glenn set another
record. He became the oldest person ever to orbit space. Beginning
November 7, 1998, he was part of the 9 day mission on Discovery. This mission
involved a variety of research including the deployment of the Spartan
solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test
Platform, and the investigations on space flight and the aging process.
Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions
Holds the Air Medal with 18 Clusters for his service during World War II and
many commendations and medals for service to his country