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Thomas Joseph O'Malley
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1915
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Nov. 6, 2009
Cocoa Beach
Brevard County
Florida, USA

At the height of the Cold War, Mr. O'Mally was sent to Cape Canaveral, Florida as General DynGeneral Dynamics as their leading Aviation Engineer after the Soviets launched a satellite into space in 1957. He hit button and launched John Glenn into orbit in his Mercury capsule. Later he played a major role in the Apollo Program after the Apollo I fire in January 1967.

At Cape Canaveral, there is a plaque bolted to the base of a streetlight on the road leading to Pad 14, the site of the Glenn launching, reads, "O'Malley's Guiding Light."

He survived by his daughter, Kathleen.

Created by: Eugene J. Henderson
Record added: Nov 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44303235
Thomas Joseph O'Malley
Added by: Eugene J. Henderson
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