White House Photographs
Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. James E. Webb (back to camera), presents NASA award for outstanding leadership to manager of the Mercury Project Office at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Kenneth S. Kleinknecht (standing right of President John F. Kennedy, wearing glasses), during astronaut Major L. Gordon Cooper’s NASA Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) presentation ceremony. Also pictured: Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson; First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy; Eunice Kennedy Shriver; Jean Kennedy Smith; Patricia Kennedy Lawford; Lady Bird Johnson; Major Cooper and his wife, Trudy Cooper; Hattie Cooper, mother of Major Cooper; Jewell D. Truscott and James J. Truscott, aunt and uncle of Major Cooper; Louise Brewer Shepard, wife of astronaut Commander Alan B. Shepard; astronaut Major Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and his wife, Betty Grissom; astronaut Major Donald K. “Deke” Slayton; Rene Carpenter, wife of astronaut, Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter; Jo Schirra, wife of astronaut Commander Walter M. Schirra; Director of NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center, Dr. Robert R. Gilruth; Director of Operations for Project Mercury, Dr. Walter C. Williams; President of the Case Institute of Technology and former Administrator of NASA, Dr. T. Keith Glennan; Director of the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Dr. Floyd L. Thompson (also a recipient of NASA award for outstanding leadership); Representative James G. Fulton (Pennsylvania); Senator Everett Dirksen (Illinois); Senator Margaret Chase Smith (Maine); Senator Leverett Saltonstall (Massachusetts); Representative Albert Thomas (Texas); Representative Oren Harris (Arkansas); Representative Joseph E. Karth (Minnesota); Senator Carl Hayden (Arizona); Senator A. Willis Robertson (Virginia); Senator Clinton P. Anderson (New Mexico); Senator Hubert H. Humphrey (Minnesota); Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Anthony Celebrezze; Secretary of the Air Force, Eugene M. Zuckert; Air Force Aide to the President, Brigadier General Godfrey T. McHugh; Military Aide to the President, General Chester V. Clifton; White House Secret Service agents, Gerald A. “Jerry” Behn and Win Lawson. Rose Garden, White House, Washington, D.C.