Gus Grissom (1926 -1967) Featured within this Publication are the Beautiful Graphics of Grissom's Circa 1942, Official Folding Boy Scout Card. This was issued to a Youthful future Pioneer Astronaut, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, During World War II.
PIONEER ASTRONAUT - GUS GRISSOM
The Future Astronaut, Gus Grissom, Signed his Boy Scout Card when he was 16 Years of Age - and only 5 Feet Tall. The Bold Signature - “Virgil Grissom” can be seen in the Bottom Right-Hand Corner. Gus Grissom, a Korean F-86 Saber Jet Fighter Pilot, Flew 100 Combat Missions in Korea. After Returning from Korea, the Future Astronaut became a Test Pilot at Edwards Air Force Base as well as at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
ASTRONAUT GUS GRISSOM AS A YOUTH - 1943 BOY SCOUT CARD
A VIVID CLOSE-UP OF THE VERSO OF GUS GRISSOM'S BOY SCOUT CARD - AS FILLED OUT AND SIGNED BY THE FUTURE ASTRONAUT - IN 1943 AT THE AGE OF 16
A Recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, Gus Grissom, One of the First 7 Pioneer Astronauts, Selected for the NASA Program, Died still a Young Man on January 27, 1967. Astronaut Virgil I "Gus" Grissom, Died in a Dramatic Fire while still Sitting Inside the Apollo I Space Capsule, during a Training Exercise. The Fiery Capsule also Entombed Astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee. In one Dastardly Moment 3 of America's First 26 Apollo Astronauts Perished.
Despite this Major Historic Setback, NASA somehow Persevered and Ultimately Reached the Moon only 2.5 Years Later - In the Summer of 1969. Th eventual and Dramatic Apollo 11 Moon Landing, in 1969, fulfilled the Mandated Dream of President John F. Kennedy - to Land Men on the Moon and Return the Astronauts Safely to Earth before the Decade of the 60's was concluded.
AMERICA'S GOLDEN SEVEN - THE FIRST NASA SPACE PIONEER ASTRONAUTS - GUS GRISSOM TOP ROW CENTER
This Historic Piece has been in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection for nearly two Decades. One day soon, this Historic Piece will be in the Collection of another Noted Collector or it will reside in an Institution.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - DURING A VISIT TO THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS - 2010