Personal: Born April 3, 1926, Mitchell, Indiana. Died January 27, 1967 in the Apollo 204 fire at Cape Kennedy. Was married, two children.
Education: B.S. in mechanical engineering, Purdue University, 1950.
Spaceflights: Command pilot, Mercury-Redstone 4 (1961) and Gemini 3 (1965).
Was chosen with the first group of astronauts in 1959. Was pilot for Mercury-Redstone 4 (Liberty Bell 7), a suborbital flight, command pilot for Gemini 3, backup command pilot for Gemini 6, and had been selected as commander of the first Apollo flight at the time of his death.
Updated August 4, 2006
Steve Garber, NASA History Web Curator
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