House Adopts Johnson Amendment To Create Memorial To Apollo 1 Crew
House Adopts Johnson Amendment to Create Memorial to Apollo 1 Crew
Marcia S. Smith
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) effort to create a memorial to the Apollo 1 crew at Arlington National Cemetery took a step forward yesterday. The crews of the space shuttle Challenger and Columbia are honored there, but not Apollo 1. Her amendment to the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) directing the Secretary of the Army to establish an Apollo 1 memorial there was adopted by the House. The bill itself passed later in the day.
Fifty years ago, Virgil “Gus” Grisson, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee died when fire erupted in their Apollo command module during a pre-launch test. …