John Herschel Glenn Jr.

John Glenn was born in 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. He attended Muskingum College and enlisted in the Naval Aviation Cadet program after Pearl Harbor. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps and flew 149 combat missions in WW II and the Korean War.

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with eighteen clusters. He set a supersonic speed record in 1957 for transcontinental flight. He was one of the original seven astronauts and the first to orbit the earth and received the Space Congressional Medal of Honor. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1965 and took an active role in early environmental efforts.

He was elected Senator from Ohio for four consecutive terms, a record, the first time winning all 88 counties. He recently completed a shuttle mission at the age of 77. He has nine honorary doctorate degrees and has been married for more than fifty years. He has two grown children.