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Virgil Ivan Grissom

Astronaut, Pilot, & Engineer

Born: April 3, 1926 in Mitchell, Indiana
Death: January 27, 1967
Enshrined: 1987

Served in Korea with the 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron of the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing of the Fifth Air Force and flew 100 combat missions.

One of seven men selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1959 to be trained as astronauts for its Project Mercury manned spacecraft program.

Made the second suborbital flight in his Mercury-Redstone 4 (MR-4) spacecraft, “Liberty Bell 7.”

Made the first manned orbital flight of the Gemini series on March 23, 1965, with John Young (Enshrined 1988).

Selected to be Crew Commander for the Apollo 1 mission. Although Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee  perished during a simulation test, Grissom once told Walter Cunningham (enshrined 2018), “The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.”

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