Boccieri Mourns Passing Of John Glenn
American hero served the country as a U.S. Senator, astronaut and pilot
December 08, 2016
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State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today mourned the passing of John Glenn, a highly revered American hero who was the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth. Glenn, who also served 24 full consecutive years as a member of the U.S. Senate, died today at the age of 95.

“He was such an inspiration to me not only as a fellow veteran, aviator and statesman, but for his integrity and genuineness in dealing with the people he aimed to help,” Rep. Boccieri stated. “I vividly remember him speaking to me after I won my first seat in the Ohio legislature, and his words about public service inspired me toward humility. My deepest sympathy goes out to Annie and the Glenn family.”

Glenn flew over 100 combat missions in World War II and the Korean War, as well as serving in the Marines after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The decorated war veteran took his famous flight up to space in 1962 as the third American to make the trip, despite ten postponements. Glenn also attempted a bid for president in 1984, but, following his defeat, continued to serve in the Senate through 1998. That year he also took his final trip as an astronaut to orbit the Earth aboard the shuttle Discovery at age 77.

The lifelong public servant has a namesake public affairs school at The Ohio State University, and the Columbus airport was recently named after the pilot as well.

Glenn passed at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus surrounded by his friends and family.

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