Legendary American and Ohioan John Glenn Passes Away at 95

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Chic'sGhost's picture

Great American, Great Ohioan. 

"You're welcome for the house I built."

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SilverHaven's picture

John Glenn was an outstanding person as well as a heroic aviator and astronaut; he had the "right stuff."
Named my first son Glenn after him.
Unconstrained, may he now fly higher yet.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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GoBucks10's picture

Godspeed John Glenn.

I hate the offseason.

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Hovenaut's picture

My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Thank you for your service and contributions to our nation. RIP, John Glenn.
 

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

RIP, Mr. Glenn!

Feed the trolls

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Bobcat04's picture

2016 Just can't quit.  What a life.

Godspeed, John Glenn.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Godspeed, John Glenn.  Thank you for your countless contributions to the country, and for giving this Ohio farmboy a chance at achieving his dreams. May you rest in peace.

2016, haven't you had enough?

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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avail31678's picture

Seriously, Dec. 31st needs to get here fast for multiple reasons...

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mockjocks's picture

2016, haven't you had enough?

My grandmother passed away today as well. Yes, enough is enough...

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Sincere condolences, MockJocks. Sad news indeed.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I'm sorry for your loss, MockJocks. I lost my MIL this year, so I can empathize as we head into the holidays.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Buckifan4Life's picture

Very saddening... :(  Condolences to his family.

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Barnsey69's picture

The Best.

RIP sir, and a grateful nation thanks you for your service.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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Dr. House's picture

God damnit 2016. Godspeed mr Glenn. 

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rkylet83's picture

A great man and national hero.  RIP.  

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Seattle Linga's picture

Sad News Great Buckeye

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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BayCountyBuck's picture

Loss to our state, our nation and humanity. Mr. Glenn was in an orbit all his own, may he rest in peace. 

When I was 6 I was thinking about this rivalry. This one is seared on your soul, It's ingrained through every part of your body. -Urban Meyer

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jedkat's picture

The Mercury 7 are united again. Godspeed John Glenn.

"just a guy, nothing more, nothing less" ~ Some troll then *poof* he was gone

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nm_buck's picture

He and the other Mercury astronauts were my first heroes, helping me learn at an early age to be proud of this country and of those who contribute to her greatness. Godspeed John Glenn.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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Art Harrell's picture

R.I.P. WARRIOR JOHN GLENN AMERICAN HERO

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

Words are inadequate.  Godspeed, John Glenn.  The greatest Buckeye of my life time.  I will always treasure meeting him here in Seattle years ago.

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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nickel beer's picture

Always sat two rows behind us when I was a kid.  Great guy, amazing life.  I admire astronauts, especially the early ones--incredible poise under unimaginable pressure.

half machine

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teddyballgame's picture

The original Space Marine. 

RIP

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I love that photo.  It was taken shortly after his orbital mission on board the recovery destroyer, USS NOA (DD-841). The aviator glasses and Converse All Stars with the flight suit say it all.

Great article on Glenn and Friendship 7.  https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1596.html

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Buckeye BadDog's picture

God speed, John Glenn.

Ohio is missing a son today, but the firmament has gained another star.


"No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, America is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
 

“But admit there was no splendor in all the bright array
Like the glory of the going when Chic Harley got away.” -James Thurber

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn!" -Woody Hayes

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buckzilla1's picture

RIP the original Skywalker

Hey Cancer! This ass kicking is brought to you by the Guernsey county mafia. Give it Hell 84!

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BrownBuckeye's picture

R.I.P. John Glenn!

Lead, follow, or get out of my way!

 

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TraSmith4's picture

True American Legend! Forever A Buckeye! Godspeed, John Glenn!

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NHBuckeye's picture

Rest easy Hero.   

Fields of Dreams

 

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Damn. Rest peacefully.

SCPO, USN (ret)

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Sad day. This man did it all. RIP

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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WC Buckeye's picture

John Glenn was the epitome of the "right stuff". He made all Americans proud, but especially his fellow Ohioans. Sad, sad day.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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MightyMac63's picture

"Good luck, have a safe flight and ... once again, Godspeed, John Glenn."

"Just remember one thing. I can do your job, but you can't do mine." - Woody Hayes to an OSU professor

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Godspeed Mr. Glenn, and thank you for your service that will continue to echo in history. RIP

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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SEQUOIA473's picture

Godspeed Marine! You certainly left a lasting impression to many people on this earth. Condolences to his family.

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Defiance's picture

He left the planet a better place  than it was when he started this crazy ride we call life!

As many have said before me, Godspeed and thank you for all that you brought to this life!

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they mourn the loss but celebrate the life!

"Defiance in Silence" 

Shhhh

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BuckarooMike's picture

What a legend. Would love to see a little tribute on the helmets for this great Buckeye. RIP 

BuckarooMike

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Great idea, BuckarooMike. MY suggestion:

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Great suggestion, Harley.  I would love to see this coin used for the toss in the Shoe if/when they commemorate Sen Glenn at a home game.  It's the medal they minted after his mission.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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GrayDay's picture

That would be an awesome and very appropriate tribute.

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allinosu's picture

He was my first astronaut hero growing up. RIP.

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airbuckeye's picture

R I P Colonel you served your Country and The Great State of Ohio well and with Honor. You have earned your right to Fly and Sore High above with the Angels.  And Thank You for sharing your time here with us and leaving lasting Memories Of Hope's that Man can still someday still reach the stars!!!!

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

...And may I add, AirBuckeye:

Semper Fidelis.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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bucksandsurfing's picture

In awe of the life John Glenn lived.  I would give anything to have accomplished half what he did. What a man, a legend.  RIP John Glenn.   

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I'll never forget John Glenn's Friendship 7 flight of February 20, 1962. I was in 2nd grade and home sick that day. My grandma tuned into the TV in the hour before liftoff. I remember her pacing the room, wringing her hands and praying for Glenn. The Atlas rocket was a crap shoot, as it had a disturbing history of blowing up when least expected. It was a beautiful launch, and harrowing flight, as we learned later.

John H. Glenn was a true American hero with The Right Stuff. And it was no accident that he was a Buckeye born and bred.

In Memoriam:

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air… .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

Second grade for me as well.  I remember someone brought in a portable B&W TV set so that the class could watch, and listen to Walter Cronkite.

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I reckon we're both dating ourselves, eh, LeftCoast?

Good share. Thanks.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

Yes, Grand, older than dirt!  That was an exciting time, certainly for a grade school kid.  Someone brought at TV for each of the Mercury launches.   I remember us worldly 2nd graders betting on which carrier would be the closest to the splashdown.  Can't remember if that wss John Glenn's or later missions.  JG was the last of the Mercury 7, one of the last WWII vets, and one of the last Korean War vets.  Haven't seen any mentions today, but his Korean War wingman was Ted Williams.  What a pair!

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

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lamplighter's picture

RIP Colonel Glenn

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xbuceye's picture

There aren't many men that I would consider to be heros. John Glenn was one of the few.

RIP.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

One of the most stellar and accomplished Americans there ever lived.

I sit in awe in my mediocre cubicle thinking about his life.

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Jonnferrell's picture

I was not quite four years old when John Glenn's spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral.  My Mom made me sit in front of the TV and watch the launch, waiting for the countdown--that sometimes stopped and restarted I believe.  It seemed to me that it took a very long time.  It's a cool memory to have.  Thanks, Mom, and thank you to John Glenn--a great American.  

"I miss Brady Hoke."

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avail31678's picture

Former jet fighter, astronaut, and lived to 95...AND from Ohio...not a bad run at all!  RIP

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CowCat's picture

A tireless public servant, an inspiration to all, and a true hero. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace near my Grandfather's grave in Arlington National Cemetery.

I'm glad I got to see him dot the I at the Shoe.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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doodah_man's picture

Best pilot I ever saw...Godspeed John. You did Ohio proud.

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

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Squirrel Master's picture

Few lived a life like he did, none did it better! RIP

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Time to re-watch The Right Stuff tonight.

Semper Fi Marine

Shandy is not beer

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Echo that thought, QuadCities.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I said the same thing. Need to carve out a few hours after the Army Navy Game. 

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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SilverHaven's picture

I like the movie too, but Glenn and his Mercury 7 comrades evidently did not.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Glennstronaut's picture

In the fall of 2012, my first semester in grad school at Ohio State, I was fortunate enough to speak with John Glenn in his office. Of course, like a dork, I asked him what space was like. Matter of factly, he said the weightlessness you experience in space is the biggest difference between life in space and on earth. Makes sense, right? If you turn a wrench in space and you aren't holding on to something, you turn with the wrench. He also told me he couldn't eat bread in space because the crumbs would fly everywhere, so he made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using tortillas. I'll always remember those stories, and it was worth the scolding I received from his assistant for just walking into his office unannounced. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to tell John Glenn that he was an amazing person and I'm damn sure honored to have a degree from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Godspeed, sir.

"A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough." -Woody Hayes

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Very cool story - thanks for sharing

Shandy is not beer

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MightyMac63's picture

Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches using tortilla's? Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this. 

"Just remember one thing. I can do your job, but you can't do mine." - Woody Hayes to an OSU professor

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Abuckeye15's picture

RIP John Glenn

36-24-36? Ha ha, only if she's 5'3"

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stxbuck's picture

RIP. A true hero for the world.

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airbuckeye's picture

Semper Fi right back at you Grand. That's one man I wish I could have gotten to spend just a few minutes with. I know I have meet a few great Men along the path of my life but he was a true Amercian Hero. I would also liked to have met General Chesty Puller another Great Amercian Hero ...

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brunstar's picture

 "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

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Rocket Man's picture

Thank you for your service to our country

Varys: I've always hated the bells. They ring for horror, a dead king, a city under siege. 
Tyrion: A wedding. 
Varys: Exactly.

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Crumb's picture

Semper Fi. 

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Buckeyedad1016's picture

I feel fortunate to grow up during the Golden Age of Space Exploration. John Glenn and all of the original astronauts were our heroes. The younger generation have no one to match. Every one has flaws which are the only aspect the media pay attention to.  But Glenn was someone who just kept being a positive role model. My son is in his first year in the John Glenn College and I only wish he had been able to meet the man prior to his passing. 

Rest in Peace, fellow Buckeye, wartime aviator, fearless test pilot, pioneer astronaut, dedicated public servant, and devoted husband.

Mwbuckeyebred

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Knarcisi's picture

Man, what a life. RIP, Buckeye. 

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southbay's picture

Dude could have walked on the moon had he remained an astronaut, but was persuaded to move on because the public loved him so much they didn't want him flying risky missions any more. Not that he didn't have the cajones. RIP.

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12gauge's picture

As a 3rd generation graduate of John Glenn High School (1998), I approve all above messages. Cambridge/New Concord/Zanesville...Represent!!!

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NWPABuck's picture

Class of 2010 here. He certainly made our community, and country, very proud. A true hero.

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The Vest-er's picture

John Glenn's response to Howard Metzenbaum's accusation that he'd never had a job.

"I've spent 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I lived through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on twelve different occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my checkbook, it was my life that was on the line. It was not a nine-to-five job where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank.

I ask you to go with me, as I went the other day, to a Veterans Hospital and look those men, with their mangled bodies, in the eye and tell them they didn't hold a job. You go with me to any Gold Star mother and you look her in the eye and tell her that her son did not hold a job.

You go with me to the space program, and go as I have gone to the widows and orphans of Ed White and Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their Dad didn't hold a job.

You go with me on Memorial Day coming up and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends than I'd like to remember, and you watch those waving flags. You stand there, and you think about this nation, and you tell me that those people didn't have a job.

I'll tell you, Howard Metzenbaum, you should be on your knees every day of your life thanking God that there were some men - some men - who held a job. And they required a dedication to purpose and a love of country and a dedication to duty that was more important than life itself. And their self-sacrifice is what made this country possible.

I have held a job, Howard."

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

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The Braden's picture

Howard Metzenbaum was a fucking world-class douchebag asshole who couldn't hold Glenn's jock even if he lifted it for that pansy-ass pussball wussie.

Fuck that guy.

Go Buckeyes.

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SilverHaven's picture

And what a "job" Glenn had too!  Did you know?

He flew 59 combat missions for the Marines in the Pacific in World War II in F4 Corsairs.
He flew 63 combat missions for the Marines in the Korean War in F9 Panthers.
He flew 27 combat missions for the Air Force in the Korean War in F86 Sabres.
For a total of 149 combat missions in 2 wars!

Glenn was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross 6 times!

Semper fidelis.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Kieren1's picture

A true hero in every respect of the word. I had the absolute privilege to work in his Senate office and he was the consummate leader, professional, family man and public servant. Senator Glenn lived a life of extraordinary accomplishment. Who has achieved at that level across so many challenging endeavors? Marine, Extraordinary Pilot, Astronaut, US Senator, Professor, the list goes on. Yet the thing that always struck me most about him was his drive to help others and his kindness. A true hero of our time. RIP.  

 Kieren

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buckeyeinWI's picture

RIP Colonel Glenn!

Semper Fi!

16-2 is SWEET!

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BuckeyeoftheSouth's picture

You will be missed Senator Glenn. 

Life comes a day at a time, enjoy it.

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Moo Strength's picture

I met him years ago at Ohio State. He came thru as part of a NASA contingent and we were showing him and others from NASA some of the electron microscopes. When I introduced myself to him, he looked at me kind of funny and asked me if I had an uncle who flew. I told him my father did. I knew the story but I couldn't believe he remembered. Back in the early 80's, my late father sold John Glenn a single engine airplane. When I introduced myself and shook his hand he remembered my name from my dad. I ended up talking to him for a good 15 minutes about dad and flying. My boss looked over at me with this huge grin on his face because here I am surrounded by all these Ohio State big wigs from our area and a NASA legend was spending all his time talking to me who had no where near the experience in Mat Sci nor all the letters after his name lol.

If I must choose between peace and righteousness, I choose righteousness! -Theodore Roosevelt.

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