VIRGIL I “GUS” GRISSOM NIGHT
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
TOUR THE VIRGIL I “GUS” GRISSOM HOUSE LOCATED AT 715 W. GRISSOM AVENUE, MITCHELL
Virgil Ivan Grissom was born on April 3, 1926 in Mitchell, Indiana.
Virgil Ivan “Gus” Grissom had been part of the U.S. manned space program since it began in 1959, having been selected as one of NASA’s Original Seven Mercury Astronauts. His second space flight on Gemini III earned him the distinction of being the first man to fly in space twice. His hard work, drive, persistence and skills as a top notch test pilot and engineer had landed him the title of command pilot for the first Apollo flight.
Grissom and his crew conducted the plugs out test on January 27,1967. A spark ignited the pure oxygen inside the capsule and the three men, Virgil I “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II and Roger B. Chaffee were all killed.
This Persimmon Festival event honors Gus Grissom and what he has done for Mitchell and our United States of America. Take this opportunity to tour Lieutenant Colonel Gus Grissom’s family home and learn more about his life.