John Glenn, one of the “Mercury Seven” astronauts, was the fifth human to fly in space. Glenn returned to a hero’s welcome, including parades in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. His flight meant that the United States could finally compete with Soviet successes in the Cold War space race.
JOHN GLENN - NAVY - TEST PILOT, ASTRONAUT, POLITICIAN - When the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps; however, the Army did not call him up, and in March 1942 he enlisted as a United States Navy aviation cadet. He trained at Naval Air Station Olathe, Kansas,