Loss of an American Icon

John Glenn, 95 passed away on Thursday, December 8th according to Ohio State University.

Glenn was at the James Cancer Hospital, but his illness was not disclosed. He had been hospitalized for more than a week.

Born in Cambridge Ohio, a small town in eastern Ohio on July 18th, 1921, Glenn spoke of a comfortable childhood where patriotism was important. He developed a fascination with flying early in life and at 8 years old went for a ride in an open-cockpit biplane that sealed his fate as a pilot.

Glenn joined the Marine Corps in early 1943 and wed his childhood sweetheart, Anna Castor, on April 6th the same year. After his time in the military, in 1959 he and six others were selected as the first astronauts, “The Mercury 7”. Glenn was the last survivor of this group.

Glenn’s twenty four year political career begin in 1974 when he was elected to represent Ohio in Washington D.C.

John Glenn is survived by his wife of 73 years, Annie; his two children and two grandchildren.