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rdenatale
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posted 07-07-2006 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rdenatale   Click Here to Email rdenatale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Somewhere in my readings of many memoirs I've got a recollection of reading about an incident which happened early in Project Mercury.

As I recall it involved a conflict about the role to be played by on-the-ground astronauts in flight control. It happened in relation to or at one of the ground tracking stations, not the Cape. One of the astronauts had a confrontation with Kraft about how much the astronauts would be involved.

I think that the location was Hawaii, and the the astronaut was Al Shepard, although either or both could be wrong.

Does anyone else remember this and where I might have read it?

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posted 07-07-2006 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The incident that immediately comes to mind (though this may be a different one than the one you are referring to) is Slayton and Kraft facing off in early 1965 over a dispute between Conrad and a flight controller in Carnarvon about who was in charge. Shepard did get into an argument with a flight controller at a party about the incident too.

It's covered in Kranz's book, possibly elsewhere too.

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My memory is that both Kranz and Kraft discussed the incident in their autobiographies. And John Llewellyn would have been the flight controller at the party--he wound up shouting "I've got more Purple Hearts than you'll ever see in your life, you SOB!" but was wrestled away from the astronaut in question before things got physical.

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posted 07-07-2006 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rdenatale   Click Here to Email rdenatale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by FFrench:

The incident that immediately comes to mind (though this may be a different one than the one you are referring to) is Slayton and Kraft facing off in early 1965 over a dispute between Conrad and a flight controller in Carnarvon about who was in charge. Shepard did get into an argument with a flight controller at a party about the incident too.

It's covered in Kranz's book, possibly elsewhere too.


I found the passage in Kranz's book, and yes, I'm pretty sure that that's the one I was thinking of. For some reason I had it happening during Mercury.

Thanks!

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posted 07-07-2006 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy to help! I sometimes half-remember stories, and CS is often a great place to ask for the rest of the story!

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