James Irwin

James Benson Irwin (1930 - 1991)

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Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USAmap
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Died in Glenwood Springs, Garfield, Colorado, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jan 2017 | Last significant change: 13 Jan 2019
20:51: Gil Davis edited the Biography for James Benson Irwin (1930-1991). [Thank Gil for this]
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James Benson "Jim" Irwin (March 17, 1930 – August 8, 1991) (Col, USAF) was an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot.

He served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 15 with David Scott and Al Worden, the fourth human lunar landing. He was the eighth person to walk on the Moon and the first, and youngest, of those astronauts to die.

1930 Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA.
1940 Census: [1]
James IrwinHeadMale44Pennsylvania
Else IrwinWifeFemale41Pennsylvania
James IrwinSonMale10Pennsylvania
Charles IrwinSonMale5Pennsylvania
1951 Bachelor of Science in Naval Science, United States Naval Academy. joined the US Air Force. During his Air Force career, he was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.
Air Force
1957 Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering, University of Michigan.
1966 Selected by NASA in Astronauts Group 5. [2]
1971 Flew on Apollo 15 as LM Pilot with David Scott and Alfred Worden. Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. [3]
Apollo 15
1972 Resigned from the Air Force and NASA.
1991 Died in Glenwood Springs, Garfield, Colorado, USA.[4]
1997 Inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. [5]


  1. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQZ7-RX8 : accessed 26 January 2017), James Irwin in household of James Irwin, Ward 19, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 69-577, sheet 62A, line 21, family 187, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3669.
  2. Wikipedia List of Astronauts, by Year
  3. Agency Awards Historical Recipient List
  4. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVRP-NZ96 : accessed 13 January 2019), James Benson Irwin, Colorado, United States, 10 Aug 1991; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Rocky Mountain News, born-digital text.
  5. Hall of Fame Bio

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