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Marine Corps Proud of Colonel Glenn

Feb. 20, 1962 - The United States Marine Corps threw out its chest with pride and admiration today over the successful orbiting of Marine Lieut. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. A telegram to the astronaut from Col. Don Dickson of Leatherneck magazine said: “Along with Marines everywhere, we salute you for having given the corps its greatest ‘first.’ You have given a new and broader meaning to our cherished slogan, ‘The Marines have landed and have the situation well in hand.’” A Marine Corps officer who served at Colonel Glenn’s side for four years was quoted recently as having said that he knew all along that the space officials were “holding Glenn back to ride the big one.” “Yes, John could ride a cookstove back if they could find a way to throw it up there,” the officer said.

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