If you had to name the ten most-famous Americans ever, who would be on your list? Better yet: if you could go back in time with any of them and have a beer, who would you pick? John Glenn would have to be at the top of my list. He flew combat missions in World War II and Korea, flew alongside baseball great Ted Williams, was one of the original Mercury astronauts, the first American to orbit the earth, was a politician, ran for president, then became the oldest man in space. Man, wouldn’t you just kill to hear some of those stories?
The following pages feature historic photos of John H. Glenn Jr., some you might have seen, some you haven’t. Hopefully you enjoy reading this slideshow as much as we did writing it.
Maj. Glenn’s fighter took so much damage from enemy fire that his fellow aviators nicknamed him “Magnet Ass.” Here he stands in front of the F-86 Sabre which he used to kill three enemy MiG-15s. Between World War II and Korea, Glenn flew 149 combat missions and was hit 12 different times. On two occasions, his plane returned with over 250 holes.
Before the United States entered World War II Richard “Dick” Kelsey worked for Walt Disney, having been an art director for Bambi, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Pinocchio animated films. Here he is as a Marine captain (far left), creator of the relief map MacArthur studies prior to the Cape Gloucester operation. Among Kelsey’s many other credits, he later helped write Alice in Wonderland and was even part of the Disneyland design team. Continue reading “Disney artist at war”
I found this image while putting together my next aircraft slideshow post. To meet President John F. Kennedy’s goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade, NASA needed a faster way of moving components from the Apollo program’s various contractors across the country to Cape Canaveral, Florida than loading these massive parts via ship.
As we approach the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, each day we will be adding brief biographies and pictures in honor of the 343 Fire Department of the City of New York firemen that gave their lives 18 years ago. “Everyone here will tell you he’s not a hero,” one FDNY survivor said, “everyone here will tell you he’s doing his job.” These men went into a burning building that many understood they would not be walking back out of, but they still went in and did their job.
They gave their lives so that 30,000 people could be saved.
Watch the slideshow, or click below for a list of all 343 sorted by company with links to each fireman’s bio. Continue reading “Slideshow: Remembering the 343 fallen FDNY heroes of 9/11”