Edward Higgins White, II

Edward Higgins White, II

San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Jan 1967 (aged 36)
Cape Canaveral, Brevard County, Florida, USA
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section 18, Row G, Grave 80
Memorial ID 1093 · View Source
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American Astronaut. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was a Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, whom received flight training in Florida and Texas, following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He then spent 3-1/2 years in Germany with a fighter squadron, flying F-86's and F-100's. He was a Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1959 and was named as a member of the NASA Astronaut team in September 1962. He was pilot for Gemini 4, which was a 66-revolution, 4-day mission June 3 to 7, 1965 and made America's first spacewalk during the mission. He was killed when the Apollo 1 command module had a flash fire on the launch pad. Named as one of the pilots of the AS-204 mission, the first 3-man Apollo flight, he was killed with Astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and Roger B. Chaffee in the Apollo spacecraft flash fire during a launch pad test at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and Edward H. White II Park in Fullerton, California is named for him.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Higgins White, II (14 Nov 1930–27 Jan 1967), Find a Grave Memorial no. 1093, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .