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Conflict Period:
Other Service 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Rear Admiral (Upper Half) 1
Birth:
18 Nov 1923 2
Derry, New Hampshire 3
Death:
21 Jul 1998 2
Pebble Beach, California 4
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04-1981 Patti & Astronaut Alan Shepard, 1st Shuttle Launch Party.JPG
04-1981 Patti & Astronaut Alan Shepard, 1st Shuttle Launch Party.JPG
After the 1st Shuttle launch, there was a private party for the Astronauts and big-wigs. Working at KSC, I was able to find out where the party was... I crashed it, met some Apollo Astronauts and got my pic with Alan Shepard! What a night that was!
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Alan Shepard at Mission Control, 1965.jpg
Alan Shepard at Mission Control, 1965.jpg
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alan_Shepard_Mission_Control.jpg
Alan Shepard on the moon.jpg
Alan Shepard on the moon.jpg
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Alan Shepard, 1961.jpg
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Alan Shepard.jpg
Alan Shepard.jpg
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Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard, 1970.jpg
Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard, 1970.jpg
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Shepard receives medal, 1961.jpg
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Full Name:
Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. 3
Full Name:
Alan B Shepard 2
Also known as:
"Al" Shepard 3
Birth:
18 Nov 1923 2
Derry, New Hampshire 3
Death:
21 Jul 1998 2
Pebble Beach, California 3
Cause: Leukemia 3
Residence:
Last Residence: Pebble Beach, CA 2
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Birth:
Mother: Renza Emerson 3
Father: Alan B. Shepard, Sr. 3
Marriage:
Louise Brewer 3
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Other Service 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Rear Admiral (Upper Half) 1
Service Start Date:
1944 3
Service End Date:
1974 3

World War II 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Service Start Date:
1944 3
Ship:
USS Cogswell 3
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Occupation:
Navy test pilot; NASA astronaut 1
Employment:
Employer: NASA 3
Start Date: 1959 3
End Date: 1974 3
Awards: NASA's Distinguised Service Medal 1
Space flights: Freedom 7 (5 May 1961); Apollo 14 (31 Jan–9 Feb 1971) 3
Education:
Institution: Naval War College 3
Place: Newport, Rhode Island 3
To: 1957 3
Education:
Institution: US Naval Academy 3
Place: Annapolis, Maryland 3
To: 1944 3
Social Security:
Card Issued: Unknown Code (FO) 2
Social Security Number: ***-**-3020 2

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Biography

After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1944, Shepard entered naval service the end of WWII. After the war, he went to flight school and became a Navy pilot and eventually a test pilot, logging more than 8,000 flight hours. In 1959, he joined NASA and was chosen to pilot the Freedom 7 for America’s first manned space mission. Launching on 5 May 1961, Shepard’s suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes and took him 116 miles above the earth. Shepard continued to work for NASA, although health issues kept him from space until 1971, when he commanded the Apollo 14 mission to the moon, where he famously hit two golf balls. Shepard retired from NASA and the Navy as a rear admiral in 1974.

Freedom 7

On 5 May 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, aboard the Freedom 7. Just a month earlier, the Russians had put the first man into space, Yuri Gagarin on 12 April. Though Shepard’s flight entered space, it didn’t go into orbit, instead maintaining a ballistic trajectory. Shepard’s famous words to himself prior to launch were “Don’t f-ck up, Shepard.”

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