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I came up with this yesterday while I was moving my lawn; hope you all like it...
I lost another hero today,
and I have so few left.
For they don't make heroes
like they used to; from blood and nerve and sweat.

They're from a time when "Bigger Than Life" meant just that.
Heroes born from hard work and guts, not on a movie set.
Men with common names like Gordon, and Wally and John.
But their achievements were super-human and their legend lives on and on.

I lost another hero today,
And now there are so few,
Where once there were seven,
There now stand only two.

So again I say "Godspeed" as another hero soars to heaven.
For this country would not be America without
Our Original seven

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posted 05-04-2007 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is very nice, Greg. Thank you for sharing it.

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posted 05-04-2007 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is TOO GOOD not to read...

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posted 05-04-2007 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was Schirra's gift. And if flipping off his boss was necessary to get his work done, well, he was happy to do that too. Kraft, 83, wound up respecting Schirra for that act of defiance. Schirra was happy to get that nod.
Somehow...

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posted 05-04-2007 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wally, may God be with you and your family. Fred

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posted 05-04-2007 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wally was one of kind and will be missed.

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I had the pleaseure of meeting Wally a couple of times at UACC shows - and I was lucky enough to witness a routine he did with Bill "jose" Dana.

A true original

Another great loss.

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posted 05-04-2007 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Greg, that is a very nice poem. Thanks for sharing it.

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posted 05-04-2007 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SCE to AUX     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This about says it all.

Someone had the idea of wearing a Hawaiian shirt as a tribute to Wally at the UACC in June. Sounds like a fine idea to me, anyone agree?

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I'm in.

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God Bless and Godspeed SkyRay.

When you get to Heaven remember to ask the Big Guy: "Are You A Turtle?" I know what his answer will be. From us here in Ohio, You Bet Your Sweet Ass We Are.

You will not be forgotten. Safe Journeys

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posted 05-04-2007 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What can I say?

Truely one of a kind - you will be missed by more people than you will ever know Wally.

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posted 05-04-2007 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Tracy:
Wally and I had started working on a new video a few weeks ago. A prototype had been developed, which Wally loved... I've posted the prototype on Wally's home page.

I thought this was a beautiful little movie, which was sad but nice to watch yesterday, and really showed how Wally was still enjoying life so much. It's a beautiful testament.

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Originally posted by SCE to AUX:
Someone had the idea of wearing a Hawaiian shirt as a tribute to Wally at the UACC in June. Sounds like a fine idea to me, anyone agree?

Sounds like a great idea. An Hawaiian shirt with a yellow ribbon loop pinned to the front as a remembrance.

Anyone else going to wear one?

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posted 05-04-2007 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hawaiian shirts are standard issue Sims/Hankow Autograph Show attire. Of course I'll be wearing my finest selection.

I might have to find a pair of Captain's Wings to pin on, though.

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posted 05-04-2007 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been reading this multiple page tribute to Wally and you know, if I (or anybody else) had this many kind words and stories said about me, then I would consider my life a success.

Wally Schirra truly touched a number of people in his lifetime. He was more than a astronaut, a fearless flyer in space, he was a friendly and fun loving guy who cared about the people he came in contact with in his daily life.

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posted 05-04-2007 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another new addition to Wally's site:

Mark Larson, who runs ML Speakers Bureau and is a radio personality on KOGO in San Diego, sent me an e-mail today asking that I replace the speaker booking information on his "appearances" page with a letter from him. He also included two audio clips from his May 3rd radio program, which are also linked on the page.

Thank you to Mark for his submission - and for stressing my server to the absolute max.

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posted 05-04-2007 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by divemaster:
Hawaiian shirts are standard issue Sims/Hankow Autograph Show attire. Of course I'll be wearing my finest selection.I might have to find a pair of Captain's Wings to pin on, though.

I was thinking about pinning the yellow ribbons on with a Sigma 7 pin.

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posted 05-04-2007 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
God Bless Wally Schirra

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posted 05-04-2007 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I met Wally at the NASM last fall and saw him at the Cradle of Avaition Museum last year too. a funny down-to-earth man. Both myself and my space history class mourn his passing. Godspeed Wally. I hope Gus, Alan, Deke and Gordo met you when you passed into the great beyond.

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posted 05-04-2007 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just gave a radio interview with Mark Larson on KOGO-AM in San Diego about Wally. Gave us cS'rs a plug and it was a good interview. It will probably be up on the kogo.com/larson site on Monday.

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posted 05-05-2007 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Machodoc   Click Here to Email Machodoc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve and Nolan, I'm ready for forgo my usual Wall Street conservative suit and tie for the Saturday evening dinner in favor of shorts and a Hawaiian shirt if that is OK!

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posted 05-05-2007 04:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for uk spacefan   Click Here to Email uk spacefan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wally, you'll be sadly missed here on Earth. Have fun with the angels in Heaven.

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This wonderful cartoon was in the paper this morning. Very appropriate and well done.

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It seems appropriate on this 46th anniversary of America's man in space program that we pay tribute to Wally Schirra---a true American hero. I feel very privileged to have met this man for the first time at the Meadowlands autograph show last year. I hope somebody will write a book of all his "gotchas" as a lasting tribute to this man. So long Skyray!!!

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I have been out of town to attend my daughter's graduation and learned of Wally's passing only last night. What a shock. I'll never forget the day Dee O'Hara introduced me to Wally, making him the first astronaut I ever met. Or watching him do the reluctant astronaut routine with Bill Dana. Priceless. Thanks, Wally, for everything. Godspeed. It's a poorer world without you.

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Today, as Space Day was celebrated, at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC there was displayed a picture of Capt. Walter Schirra in memory, with the highlights of his career stated. Also displayed was a picture of Capt. Schirra with Gen. Stafford and Capt. Cernan taken when they made the The Real Space Cowboys presentation here on Nov. 3, 2006. The exhibits at the Air & Space Museum are themselves a tribute to all involved in aerospace.

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I cannot believe such an icon of space history has passed,i have read the outpouring of feelings and emotion on this page and can only say that my greatest regret is that i never met Wally Schirra.

But i have read his autobiography and can only say that i would of loved to have met him and i shared my own "gotchas" with him that i have made on my own good friends.

And i will finish with that no matter what he did in life,i can only say that he gave 101 percent performance in everything he did,so Godspeed Wally we shall pray for you and your family.

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I'm sad that I now won't have the honour of meeting Wally Schirra at KSC next month, but I'm far sadder that another great pioneer astronaut has made his final journey.

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I for one am not sad at all. Wally lived a VERY full, satisfying, and long life and made his mark on history. He had a great sense of humor and was an all around good guy. That is how I will quite fondly remember him.
While I couldn't say I wasn't sad, (and I'm still having blue moments) your words helped with the mourning here, Danno. Thanks. The dash between 1923 and 2007 was well spent in his life. 84 good years. Honorable service. Three historic missions. A family man and a friend to many, including thousands of space fans. He had a successful business career, too. Thousands of laughs, pranks and guffaws. Who could ask for more from God?

It was by split second instinct I chose to have dinner with him at the UACC 2005 when the phone call came. It was wonderful ! He had a Colorado connection as well and jokingly kept calling my town of Louisville, Leadville instead (only a local would get the joke). What a nice fellow he was ! He was very blessed man who shared his blessings wherever he went.

Yes! Way to go Jolly Wally Your sparks of joy will live on in all those you've inspired.

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I walked into an art gallery owned by a friend of mine. His name is also Larry and we both have a similar sense of humor. He also does all my framing, so he knows about my space hobby. He mentioned that an astronaut passed away this week. I told him that it was Wally Schirra and he was 84 years old.

Larry says, "So it was his last Schirra."

I told him that pun would make Wally laugh as it was his type of humor.

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That's funny. Wally would have loved it.

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It would be the perfect epitaph.

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I think a humorous epitaph for Capt. Schirra would be:

YBYSAIA!

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I've never personally seen or met a Mercury astronaut. The closest I ever did though was Wally Schirra. I'd always liked him since I was a kid watching his flights & watching him side-kick with Walter Cronkite during the Apollo flights on CBS TV.

I grew up in Southern California and then lived awhile in Portland, OR. There weren't that many, if any, public astronaut events in those areas as are in Texas & Florida. Well, anyway, over the years I'd seen a few astronauts who'd come to speak at museums, colleges, churches, art shows but they'd been Gemini, Apollo & shuttle astronauts - not that I'm discounting Gemini, Apollo & shuttle astronauts.

In either the late 80s or early 90s there was a space memorabilia auction in Beverly Hills, CA which advertised that astronauts Wally Schirra, Pete Conrad and Walt Cunningham would attend. So I drove the 40 or so miles to attend and see them. Turns out that only Conrad and Cunningham were there. The auction officials announced that Wally Schirra could not attend due to his mother-in-law's death. I was disappointed as I'd really wanted to see him. Anyway, getting to say 'hello' to and shake hands with the 3rd man on the moon helped soothe that disappointment.

So that's as close as I've been able to get to a Mercury astronaut. Thanks for listening.

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I grew up with the early space program, sharing the experience with the "Two TV Walters". Wally Schirra was a familiar friendly face in my home, a hero to me.

Thanks to the Sims-Hankow shows I was able to meet Wally and experience his charm and the exuberance that he brings to a group. I always knew where he was by the direction of the loudest laughter in the room. His skits with Dana were hilarious, his dinner table... the rowdiest in the room.

My strongest memories of him are now locked with the items I had him sign. Once I would have considered trading one of these items for something better... now I won't let any of them go... ever.

In my collection there is a photo that he signed of the three different spacecraft that he flew. He labeled the Gemini craft as his "favorite". After telling me about how the Apollo CM was in comparison a tractor trailer he wrote "Truckstop" next to it, he then yelled over to Walt Cunningham while waving my photo telling him about the inscription, which they both got a big laugh over.

Wally signed one of those sweet vintage Grumman prints of the Mercury capsule for me too... he inscribed it with "you don't get in a this, you put it on". He took the time to explain to me how tight this craft really was. Those Mercury astronauts were brave men.

I showed him Deke Slayton's swimming certification card. When he took it he held it with the greatest care, it looked like he was going to tear up as he read Deke's name. Those seven men were brothers. He went on to tell me about Deke's swimming ability... "no one could swim on the bottom of the pool better than Deke!"

I own one of those large Turtle flags that was flown on Apollo 7. I had Wally sign it... "This Turtle Flag was carried by me on the flight of Apollo 7, Wally Schirra, High Potentate, Interstellar Association of Turtles, Outershell Division." I swear, the man laughed the whole time he was signing it.

I also had a little turtle pin with me that Wally had carried with him on Apollo 7. He borrowed it for a minute to show it to some of those around him. Afterwards he handed it back to me, thanked me, and as I was walking away I heard him yell to me "Are you a Turtle?" I turned around and quickly gave the proper response... and the smile I received is the way I'll always remember Wally.

I had a couple items set aside for Wally to sign at the next show. One of them was an artist concept patch painting for Apollo 7, a CM shape with a Phoenix rising. Wally really wanted to name the A7 CM "the Phoenix". I was really looking forward to his reaction. But now, Wally is gone.

We miss you Wally.

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