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Thu Dec 8, 2016, 07:46 PM Dec 2016

John Glenn, American Hero of the Space Age, Dies at 95

John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

His death was announced on Twitter by Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.

Mr. Glenn had recently been hospitalized at the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University in Columbus, though university officials said at the time that admission there did not necessarily mean he had cancer. He had heart-valve replacement surgery in 2014 and a stroke around that time.

He had kept an office on the campus at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, which he helped found, and had a home in Columbus.

In just five hours on Feb. 20, 1962, Mr. Glenn joined a select roster of Americans whose feats have seized the country’s imagination and come to embody a moment in its history, figures like Lewis and Clark, the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh.


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John Glenn, American Hero of the Space Age, Dies at 95 (Original Post) RandySF Dec 2016 OP
He was one of my first heroes... Docreed2003 Dec 2016 #1
He earned his status malaise Dec 2016 #2
RIP Senator Glenn KT2000 Dec 2016 #3
RIP Sir, you where a true American Hero! Va Lefty Dec 2016 #4
He lived his life and represented everthing that Donald Trump could only dream about Boomerproud Dec 2016 #5


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1. He was one of my first heroes...
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 07:51 PM
Dec 2016

Had the pleasure of meeting him as a teenager. For a man that was so larger than life, he was genuine, humble and authentic. He now is flying beyond the stars. May he Rest In Peace.


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5. He lived his life and represented everthing that Donald Trump could only dream about
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 08:52 PM
Dec 2016

except that Trump only thinks and dreams about himself. R.I.P. Senator Glenn (my senator). As the saying goes, They don't make 'em like they used to.

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