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 Captain Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Congressman George P. Miller (California), Senator Robert S. Kerr (Oklahoma), Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center Dr. Robert Gilruth (mostly hidden behind Vice President Johnson), 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 Albert Thomas (Texas), Senator George Smathers (Florida), astronaut Lieutenant Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr. (partially hidden behind President Kennedy), Glenn's daughter Lyn Glenn, his son David Glenn, astronaut Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter, astronaut Major Donald K. “Deke” Slayton, and Air Force Aide to the President Brigadier General Godfrey T. McHugh (with head down); Senator Warren G. Magnuson of Washington (partially hidden, in the third row) sits behind David Glenn; all others unidentified. The space capsule Friendship 7 is visible at far right.