Marine aviator, former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery April 6.
Glenn died Dec. 8 in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 95.
The funeral will be private and not open to the public, according to Arlington National Cemetery and multiple media reports.
A spokesperson for the cemetery also added a burial site for Glenn has not been determined.
More than 20 NASA astronauts are buried or memorialized at Arlington National Cemetery.
Glenn was at Arlington National Cemetery Jan. 30, 1967 for the burials of Apollo 1 astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Roger Chaffee. Grissom, Chaffee and Ed White were killed in a space capsule fire during a pre-launch test in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Grissom and Chaffee are buried in Section 3 at Arlington.
Former Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall historian Kim Holien has an original copy of Life Magazine which includes pictures of Glenn accompanying the funeral cortege through the cemetery.
“He was an honorary pallbearer along with the rest of the astronaut team,” Holien said. “I remember the pictures of them marching alongside the caisson.”
One of NASA’s original seven Mercury astronauts, Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. As a marine pilot, he flew combat missions during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a four-term senator from Ohio from 1974 to 1999. When Glenn missioned with a Space Shuttle Discovery flight in 1988, he became the oldest human to travel in space.
A number of long-time Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall staff members remembered Glenn participating in a number of ceremonies at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall as a senator.
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