Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom "If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.
"Gus" Grissom - The second American in space. Grissom was the first American astronaut to go in to space twice. He participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. The news of his death on Apollo 1 was a truly sad day.
Apollo 1 Prime Crew - Ed White, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Roger Chaffee. Apollo 1 never launched; a cabin fire during a launch pad test on January 1967 at Launch Pad Cape Canaveral, killed all three crew members.
Long time Columbus, Indiana radio broadcaster, Sam Simmermaker, who is in his fifth decade of broadcasting at WCSI Radio, interviewing Gus Grissom in this 1960s photograph. Gus had flown into Bakalar Air Force Base to park his T-33 overnight to visit his family in Mitchell, Indiana for Christmas.