United States Government Agencies Collection
Silent motion picture covering the presentation ceremony of the 1962 Robert J. Collier Trophy on October 10, 1963, in the Rose Garden, White House, Washington, D.C. President John F. Kennedy participates in the ceremony honoring the original team of United States astronauts for pioneering manned space flight in Project Mercury. Astronauts receiving the award are Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr.; Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr.; Major L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.; Major Donald K. Slayton; Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr.; Major Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom; Lieutenant Commander M. Scott Carpenter. The following are shown delivering remarks (footage is silent) President of the National Aeronautic Association, Martin M. Decker; President Kennedy; Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. James E. Webb; and Major Slayton. Among others shown: Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson; Secretary of the Air Force, Eugene M. Zuckert; Secretary of the Navy, Fred Korth; Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General Curtis E. LeMay; Administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency, Najeeb Halaby; Cdr. Schirra's wife, Jo Schirra; Maj. Slayton's wife, Marjorie Slayton; Lt. Col. Glenn's wife, Annie Glenn; Maj. Grissom's mother, Cecile Grissom; Cdr. Shepard's wife, Louise Shepard; Maj. Grissom's father, Dennis Grissom; Maj. Grissom's wife, Betty Grissom; Senator Clinton P. Anderson of New Mexico; Lt. Cdr. Carpenter's wife, Rene Carpenter; Maj. Cooper's wife, Trudy Cooper. Materials in this series were created, commissioned, or collected by the United States Air Force.