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Godspeed, John Glenn. Social media salutes veteran, astronaut and senator

By Brian Murphy

bmurphy@mcclatchy.com

Godspeed, John Glenn: 1921-2016

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, died at 95. Glenn was the oldest person to venture into outer space, at age 77. He also represented Ohio for 24 years in the U.S. Senate. President Barack Obama presented him with a 2011 Medal of
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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, died at 95. Glenn was the oldest person to venture into outer space, at age 77. He also represented Ohio for 24 years in the U.S. Senate. President Barack Obama presented him with a 2011 Medal of

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, died Thursday. He was 95.

Glenn lived an extraordinary life, serving as a combat pilot in World War II and Korea, becoming one of the first humans in space and serving four terms in the United States Senate.

Tributes poured in after news of Glenn’s death became public. Many wished him “Godspeed.”

“Our nation has lost an icon,” President Obama said in a statement.

“John Glenn was an American hero,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. “... May his memory live on every time we look up at the stars.”

“Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers,” President-elect Donald Trump said in a tweet.

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