Gus Grissom

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Virgil "Gus" Grissom born in Mitchell, IN.

04/03/1926

Met Betty Moore who he later married.

1941

Graduated from Mitchell High School.

1944

Married Betty Moore and joined Air Force.

1945

Began taking classes at Purdue.

1947

Graduated from Purdue and Rejoined Air Force.

1950

First son, Scott, was born. Gus went to fight in Korea.

1951

Second son, Mark, was born.

1953

Received pilot credentials and "Top Secret" letter from U.S. Government.

1957

Selected to go to space in Liberty Bell 7.

1959

Liberty Bell blasted off. Gus named as Commander of Apollo 1.

1961

Grissom and crew killed on Apollo 1 in pre-flight fire.

01/27/1967