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Rohrabacher Statement on the Death of American Hero John Glenn

Dec 9, 2016

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Thursday issued the following statement on the death of former Senator John Glenn:

I am by turns today both saddened by the death of Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, and inspired by the memory of his heroism and his spirit of adventure. That spirit is quintessentially American, challenging and emboldening us to reach for the heavens while enlarging the body of our scientific knowledge.

The last surviving Mercury 7 astronaut, Senator Glenn served as one of the most visible warriors on the front line in the Cold War against the Soviet Union. But he was an American hero even before his NASA years. He was a daring Marine pilot of a generation that included my own father, Lt. Col. Donald Tyler Rohrabacher, who indeed served on missions with the great John Glenn. Those were times in which such men nurtured within themselves that special formula that has been dubbed “the right stuff.”

I myself was privileged to serve in the United States Congress with Senator Glenn. For 10 years we worked together, despite our different party affiliations, to find workable, near-term means by which to open up space for wider access and accelerated experimentation. I shall miss him dearly, and America must commit him permanently to our long hall of heroes.

John Glenn opened a door to the heavens. Today he is safely on the other side of the threshold. 



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