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March 12, 1923
Walter Marty Schirra, Jr. was one of the original Mercury 7
astronauts chosen for the Project Mercury, America's first effort to put
men in space. He was the only person to fly in all of America's first
three space programs (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo). He logged a total of
295 hours and 15 minutes in space.
Died: May 3, 2007
At 84, he died of a heart attack due to malignant mesothelioma at
Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California.
Where are they buried?
- The burial-at-sea ceremony was held aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN
76) and his ashes were released by Cmdr. Lee Axtell, command
chaplain aboard the USS Ronald Reagan.
- Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cathedral City), Cathedral City,
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