State Reps. Fred Strahorn, D-Dayton, and Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, introduced a House Resolution that urges Congress to award the Congressional Medal of Honor to John and Annie Glenn.
Glenn grew up in small-town Ohio, married his childhood sweetheart, served as a fighter pilot in two wars, a test pilot, an astronaut and a U.S. Senator. He blasted to American hero status on Feb. 20, 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.
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Glenn died Dec. 8 at OSU Wexner Medical Center. He is survived by is son and daughter and his wife, Annie. Glenn was the last of the Mercury 7 astronauts to die.
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Annie Glenn, now 97, overcame a severe stuttering problem and became one of the nation’s leading advocates for people with communicative disorders. Together, the Glenns inspired Americans to give back to the state and nation through public service, according to the resolution.
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Both the bill and the resolution are scheduled to receive hearings in the Ohio Statehouse this week.