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Biography - Glenn, John Herschel, JR. 1921-

The SPACE FLIGHT OF Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr. by Robert J. Murrin A U.S. Marine - Colonel John H. Glenn Was the one selected from American men, To make our first orbit around the earth And prove to the world our technical worth.

Three years of preparing - cancellations, ten, Preceded the flight of this man of great men. (7 Astronauts) There was Shepard down range, then Grissom, too, Prior to this space shot for the Red, White and Blue.

The "Countdown" was thorough with "Hold" after "Hold" As he sat in the capsule so brave and so bold. Then came the final from ten down through one And America's space age had really begun.

In the interest of peace it was open and free So that nations could witness and all could see. Throughout the free world there were prayers sent to heaven For the safety of this astronaut as he rode "Freedom 7".

Three times around and many miles high, The capsule was guided by a really great guy. There were periods of tension and concern o'er the shield But the courage of this man never once did yield.

Re-entry - Recovery - Pick Up and then An historical salute to the Colonel Glenns. To the White House - then Congress - parades, ticker taped; To his Ohio hometown, all acclaim was great.

There was Ann, Dave and Lyn so humble, yet proud Of husband and father as they greeted each crowd. There was honor and glory, both well deserved, From the nation this hero courageously served.

He paid tribute to his associates with dignity and delight, For the part they all played in this wonderful flight. He bowed before God in Solemn Prayer And thanked the Almighty for being right there.

Yes! Our way of life was strengthened that day As the mercury program went "A-OKay". And so for the space flight of Colonel John Glenn Go the blessings and thanks for his countrymen.

© Robert J. Murrin, 1962 6724 Bostwick Drive Springfield, Virginia

"Sincerest regards to Governor Harrison Robert J Murrin"