John Glenn, Ohio Senator, US Astronaut and War Hero

Material on the life and career of Senator John Glenn from

John Glenn, the American hero who made a name for himself as the first American to orbit the earth, died Thursday. Glenn was born in New Concord and served as a U.S. senator from Ohio for 24 years. Full story »

John Glenn’s name lives on

  • “When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation.  And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there’s no limit to the heights we can reach…Full story »
    President Barack Obama's statement on the death of Sen. John Glenn
  • John Glenn says U.S. is losing scientific edge -- Brent Larkin
    Larkin was The Plain Dealer’s editorial director from 1991 until his retirement this year. COLUMBUS — Even with his life on the line, John Glenn was never one to worry. Not during 149 combat missions as a Marine fighter pilot in World War II and Korea — missions that saw his plane hit by enemy fire a dozen different…Full story »



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