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Senator John H. Glenn Oral History Project

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  1. Interview of John Glenn by Jeffrey Thomas (Session 23)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses some of the significant events that occurred during his first term in the U.S. Senate (1975-1981). In 1976, Glenn was considered as a possible vice presidential running mate for Jimmy Carter. Glenn talks about the selection process and his experience in delivering the key note address at the Democratic National Convention. Glenn goes into detail about some of the disagreements he had with President Carter over policy issues, including funding for the B1 and B2 bomber programs, the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from South Korea, and the ratification of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II). Glenn...

  2. Interview of John Glenn by Jeffrey Thomas (Session 22)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses his first impressions upon entering the U.S. Senate and talks about the assistance he received from various colleagues. He notes how the cooperation and bipartisanship prevalent during his first term in the 1970s changed by the time he retired in 1999. He states that the slowness of the political process in the Senate was frustrating at times, but he grew to appreciate the check the U.S. Senate has on hasty or ill-advised legislation. Mike Mansfield, the majority leader of the Senate, was a mentor to Glenn due, in part, because both were former Marines. Glenn talks about...

  3. Interview of John Glenn by Jeffrey Thomas (Session 21)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses his business career during the 1960s and his political activities during this time period culminating with his election to the U.S. Senate in 1974. Following his Friendship 7 space flight, Glenn turned down numerous lucrative offers from corporations because he felt it was not ethical to commercialize his position within the national space program. After leaving NASA and the Marine Corps in 1964, Glenn accepted a position with Royal Crown Cola because the company did not require him to do advertising to capitalize on his name recognition. Glenn traveled extensively as the head of Royal Crown International,...

  4. Interview of John Glenn by Jeffrey Thomas (Session 20)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses his work with NASA following the Friendship 7 space flight, and his decision to enter politics in 1964. He summarizes his various assignments with NASA after his orbital flight in 1962, which included the design of the instrument panel for the Apollo spacecraft, acting as an unofficial liaison with Congress, and manning a listening post during the space flight of Gordon Cooper. Glenn goes into length about the goodwill trips he took for NASA to Japan in 1963 and to various countries in Europe in 1965 and again in 1966. He explains how he lobbied with the...

  5. Interview of John Glenn by Jeffrey Thomas (Session 19)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses his orbital space flight of February 20, 1962 aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft. He states how being the back-up astronaut for the sub-orbital flights of Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom helped prepare him for his own mission. The space race with the Soviet Union had some influence on the decision to make his mission an orbital space flight. He provides details about the numerous delays experienced prior to the actual space flight and goes into some length about an incident during one of the delays involving his wife, Annie Glenn, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Glenn...

  6. Interview of John Glenn by Jeffrey Thomas (Session 18)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses the selection process for, and the early training of, astronauts in NASA’s Project Mercury program. In 1957, during his assignment at the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C., Glenn volunteered to participate in a study of orbital flight and re-entry being conducted by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) using a space flight simulator located at Langley Air Force Base. This study of orbital flight was "very elementary," but led directly to the work conducted in later years after the NACA became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Glenn volunteered for NASA’s space program...

  7. Interview of John Glenn by Jeffrey Thomas (Session 17)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses his duties as a desk officer at the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics and his Project Bullet record setting transcontinental flight in July 1957. Following his assignment as a test pilot at the Navy Air Test Center in Patuxent River, Maryland, Glenn was transferred to the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C. His duties as a desk officer involved the implementation of the engineering changes requested for aircraft undergoing testing at the Navy Air Test Center. These duties required many meetings to reconcile the number of change requests with the budget allocated for a particular aircraft program....

  8. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 16)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC and his activities as a test pilot at the Naval Air Test Station in Patuxent River, Maryland. Glenn characterizes the Korean War as the "forgotten war." He carries his own memorial to the war in his memories, but supported the building of the Korean War Memorial "to remind future generations that we have a history and a heritage and a dedication to country…" He provides some details about the efforts, led by Marine General Ray Davis, to establish the memorial on the National Mall. Glenn hosted many of the planning...

  9. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 15)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses his temporary assignment flying fighters with the U.S. Air Force from May to July 1953 during the Korean War. He talks briefly about the public perception of the Korean War and contrasts it with World War II and the Vietnam War. He explains his reasons for volunteering for combat duty. In late April 1953, he volunteered and was accepted into a pilot exchange program with the U.S. Air Force. Transferred to the 25th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the 51st Interceptor Wing, he flew F-86 Sabre fighter jets out of the K-13 airfield located near Suwan. The squadron’s...

  10. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 14)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses his combat experience during the Korean War as a U.S. Marine Corps fighter/bomber pilot. He provides some details about his efforts to gain a transfer into a combat squadron in Korea. The Korean War was the focus of the military at this time and he wanted to make use of all of his training in a combat situation. After months of requesting a combat assignment, Glenn was sent to Korea in February 1953 as the operations officer in Marine fighter squadron VMF-311. The squadron flew F9-F Panther jet fighter/bombers out of the K-3 airfield located at Pohang...

  11. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 13)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn provides an update to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee’s investigation into campaign financing. Glenn states the investigation had "reached such a ridiculous state of affairs on lack of cooperation" that he arranged for a one-on-one meeting with the committee’s chairman, Fred Thompson, to try to iron out disagreements. Going into the meeting Glenn had three items up for discussion: to get beyond the issue of subpoenas, how many were issued by the majority versus how many for the minority, and concentrate on known areas of campaign finance abuses; cooperation in the gathering of information; and the role of...

  12. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 12)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn provides an update about the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee’s investigation into campaign finance reform. He expresses frustration about the fairness of the process involved in submitting and voting on subpoenas. To date, the Republican majority on the committee submitted and approved 142 subpoenas, whereas the committee approved only 18 of the 43 submitted by the Democratic minority. Glenn notes how the committee chairman, Fred Thompson, early on agreed with Glenn about using the hearings to gather information in order to formulate legislation that would provide for substantial reforms in campaign financing. Glenn expresses the opinion that Chairman Thompson...

  13. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 11)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses his duty assignments from 1948 to just prior to his combat tour in the Korean War in 1953. Following his return from overseas duty in China and Guam, Glenn was assigned as an instructor at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. To his surprise, he spent the first three months at Corpus Christi as the officer in charge of the night shore patrol. This assignment entailed picking up military service members who got into trouble while on leave in Corpus Christi. Glenn characterizes his duties as a shore patrol officer as interesting, but not the...

  14. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 10)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses his post-World War II duty assignments in the United States, China, and Guam during the years 1946 to 1948. In late 1945, following his temporary assignment at the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, Maryland, Glenn returned to the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina. He was assigned to VMF-913, a holding squadron for pilots returning from overseas assignments and for those leaving at the end of their military service. The squadron had too many pilots and not enough ground mechanics, so there were difficulties in keeping enough aircraft in commission for any...

  15. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 9)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses the upcoming hearings by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on campaign finance reform brought about by alleged abuses during the 1996 presidential elections. He provides background information concerning the increased costs of political campaigns driven by the need to use television advertising to reach voters. He laments this rise in campaign costs, and states how "going out hat in hand trying to get money to run a political campaign is the most onerous thing in politics." He talks about some of the fund-raising practices brought to light during and after the presidential campaign, such as the overnight...

  16. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 9)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn discusses the upcoming hearings by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on campaign finance reform brought about by alleged abuses during the 1996 presidential elections. He provides background information concerning the increased costs of political campaigns driven by the need to use television advertising to reach voters. He laments this rise in campaign costs, and states how "going out hat in hand trying to get money to run a political campaign is the most onerous thing in politics." He talks about some of the fund-raising practices brought to light during and after the presidential campaign, such as the overnight...

  17. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 8)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn summarizes the factors behind his decision not to run for a fifth term in the United States Senate in 1998. Saying, "There is no cure for the common birthday" Glenn states his age (77) and the fact he would be 83-years-old at the end of a fifth term as the major factor in his decision not to seek re-election. He discusses the lack of bipartisanship and civility in the Senate, an issue that has led other Senators to retire. He traces the rise of incivility and party rancor in Congress and cites examples of how practices by the...

  18. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 8)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn summarizes the factors behind his decision not to run for a fifth term in the United States Senate in 1998. Saying, "There is no cure for the common birthday" Glenn states his age (77) and the fact he would be 83-years-old at the end of a fifth term as the major factor in his decision not to seek re-election. He discusses the lack of bipartisanship and civility in the Senate, an issue that has led other Senators to retire. He traces the rise of incivility and party rancor in Congress and cites examples of how practices by the...

  19. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 7)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn summarizes his experiences during World War II. He states that in comparison to later wars, the vast majority of Americans supported the war because the enemy had territorial ambitions. He talks about his patriotic feelings towards the war effort and what he describes as his God-given talents that led him to become a successful fighter pilot. He discusses the fatalism of some fighter pilots during the war, which leads into a discussion about the concept of predestination as taught by some fundamentalist Presbyterian teachings. Glenn goes on to talk about his assignment to the Navy Air Test Center...

  20. Interview of John Glenn by Brien Williams (Session 7)

    Glenn, John, 1921-2016
    Senator Glenn summarizes his experiences during World War II. He states that in comparison to later wars, the vast majority of Americans supported the war because the enemy had territorial ambitions. He talks about his patriotic feelings towards the war effort and what he describes as his God-given talents that led him to become a successful fighter pilot. He discusses the fatalism of some fighter pilots during the war, which leads into a discussion about the concept of predestination as taught by some fundamentalist Presbyterian teachings. Glenn goes on to talk about his assignment to the Navy Air Test Center...

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