Air Base Honors Its Astronaut Namesake In Rededication Ceremony

By Jeff Neumeyer

September 30, 2011 Updated Sep 30, 2011 at 6:13 PM EDT

MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A northern Indiana military air base re-affirms its connection to a pioneer in America's space program.

It happened at a ceremony Friday, rededicating the base in honor of Hoosier Gus Grissom.

The term true American hero gets tossed around loosely, but in the case of Gus Grissom, it just might fit.

One of NASA'S seven original astronauts, Colonel Grissom became the second American to enter space, made history by flying the country's first 3 orbit mission in a Gemini spacecraft, and was set to command the first Apollo flight to the moon, when he and two other astronauts died in a flash fire during a simulated mission at Cape Canaveral.

Grissom's brother Lowell and son Scott were on hand for the rededication ceremony that ensures the giant in space exploration won't soon be forgotten.

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