White House Photographs
Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Chairman of the National Aeronautics and Space Council, speaks from a lectern at the presentation ceremony of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Distinguished Service Medal to astronaut Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr. at Hangar ‘S,’ Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Brevard County, Florida. Seated on the platform, first row (L-R): astronaut Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr., astronaut Captain Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center Dr. Robert Gilruth, Administrator of NASA James E. Webb, President John F. Kennedy, Lieutenant Colonel Glenn, his wife Annie Glenn, Commander of the Air Force Missile Test Center Major General Leighton I. Davis, and Governor Farris Bryant of Florida. Second row, beginning at right of lectern (L-R): Congressman Edward P. Boland of Massachusetts (mostly hidden behind Dr. Gilruth), Congressman Albert Thomas of Texas (partially hidden), Senator George Smathers of Florida (partially hidden behind Administrator Webb), Glenn's son David Glenn, astronaut Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter (partially hidden), astronaut Major Donald K. “Deke” Slayton (mostly hidden), and Air Force Aide to the President Brigadier General Godfrey T. McHugh (mostly hidden); Senator Warren Magnuson of Washington (partially hidden, in the third row) sits behind David Glenn. An unidentified man stands in the foreground at right, in front of the space capsule Friendship 7.