Donn F. Eisele, class of 1952:

Born in Columbus, Ohio, on June 23, 1930. received a Bachelor of Science degree from the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="OREDU0000149" title="United States Naval Academy" href="/topic/education/colleges-universities/united-states-naval-academy-OREDU0000149.topic">United States Naval Academy</a> in 1952 and a Master of Science degree in Astronautics in 1960 from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  He logged more than 4,200 hours flying time—3,600 hours in jet aircraft.  On October 11, 1968, he occupied the command module pilot seat for the eleven-day flight of Apollo VII—the first manned flight test of the third generation United States spacecraft.  Eisele (pictured center) and the Apollo 7 crew is welcomed aboard the USS Essex, the prime recovery ship for the mission. This was the first Apollo splashdown and, therefore, the first three person 'landing' for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV000098" title="NASA" href="/topic/science-technology/space-programs/nasa-ORGOV000098.topic">NASA</a>.  Colonel Eisele logged 260 hours in space.  NASA photo

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Born in Columbus, Ohio, on June 23, 1930. received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1952 and a Master of Science degree in Astronautics in 1960 from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He logged more than 4,200 hours flying time—3,600 hours in jet aircraft. On October 11, 1968, he occupied the command module pilot seat for the eleven-day flight of Apollo VII—the first manned flight test of the third generation United States spacecraft. Eisele (pictured center) and the Apollo 7 crew is welcomed aboard the USS Essex, the prime recovery ship for the mission. This was the first Apollo splashdown and, therefore, the first three person 'landing' for NASA. Colonel Eisele logged 260 hours in space. NASA photo

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