Alan B Shepard

Alan B Shepard

Other Service · US Navy · Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
Other Service
Service Start Date

1944

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Conflict Period

Other Service

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Service End Date

1974

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Branch

Navy

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Rank

Rear Admiral (Upper Half)

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Served For

United States of America

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World War II (1939 - 1945)
Conflict Period

World War II

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Service Start Date

1944

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Branch

Navy

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Ship

USS Cogswell

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Served For

United States of America

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Stories about Alan B Shepard

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.

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