John Herschel Glenn Jr: July 21, 1921 - December 8, 2016.
Widely considered ‘The last true American hero”, John Glenn, sole living member of the legendary Mercury Seven died Wednesday, December 8, 2016. Glenn was admitted to a Columbus, Ohio-area hospital early last week for unspecified reasons.
Glenn was a Marine from 1943 until his retirement from aerospace in 1963. On Feburary 20, 1962, he became the first American to orbit the Earth in Friendship 7.
He later went on to a successful 25-year career as the U.S. Senator from Ohio. It was during his later years in office - at age 77 - Glenn returned to space aboard STS-95 Discovery.
Glenn was the sole living survivor of the Mercury 7 since October, 2013, when Scott Carpenter passed away.
Godspeed, John Glenn.