Edward White Jr

Edward Higgins White Jr (1930 - 1967)

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Lt Col Edward Higgins White Jr
Born in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married in Polk, Florida, United Statesmap
Father of [private son (1950s - unknown)]
Died in Cape Canaveral, Brevard, Florida, United Statesmap
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November 14, 1930 – January 27, 1967

Edward Higgins White II was born 14 Nov 1930 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States. He was the son of Edward White and Mary Haller.[1][2] White’s father, Edward H. White, Sr. was a major general in the Air Force. [3]

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from United States Military Academy and later a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, at the University of Michigan.[4]

He married Patricia Eileen (Finegan) Davis in 1953 in Polk, Florida, United States.[5] They had two children, Edward[6] and Bonnie Lynn.[3]

Career Timeline

1st American to walk in space
  • White received flight training in Florida and Texas.[4]
  • He spent 3-1/2 years in Germany with a fighter squadron, flying F-86s and F-100.[4]s
  • Attended the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.[4]
  • Assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as an experimental test pilot with the Aeronautical Systems Division, logging over 3,000 hours of flight time, 2,200 of those in jet aircraft.[4]
  • Chosen as a member of the second astronaut team selected by NASA in September 1962.[4]
  • He was pilot for Gemini 4, a 66-revolution, 4-day mission, June 3 - June 7, 1965.[4]
  • On Gemini 4, Edward White, became the first American to walk in space.[4]
  • March 21, 1966, he was named as one of the pilots of the AS-204 mission, the first 3-man Apollo flight.[4]

Lieutenant Colonel Edward White died 27 Jan 1967 in Cape Canaveral, Brevard, Florida, United States and was buried in United States Military Academy Post Cemetery , West Point, Orange County, New York, USA, Plot: Section 18, Row G, Grave 80, GPS (lat/lon): 41.39938, -73.96621.[7][8][9][10][11]

Awards and Honors

Space Medal
of Honor


  1. "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VDKP-6WS : 5 December 2014), Edward H Jr. White, 14 Nov 1930; from "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2005); citing Texas Department of State Health Services.
  2. "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6LV-XXV : 4 December 2014), Edward H White, 14 Nov 1930; citing Fort Sam Houston, Bexar, Texas, United States, certificate 98152, Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,281,319.
  3. 3.0 3.1 White, Mary C. Detailed Biographies of Apollo I Crew - Ed White NASA History
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 *EDWARD H. WHITE, II (LIEUTENANT COLONEL). National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Houston, Texas 77058
  5. "Florida Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VJVL-36Y : 28 November 2014), Edward Higgins White, 1953; from "Florida, Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2006); citing Florida Department of Health, Jacksonville, Florida; and Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research.
  6. "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VDX6-VG5 : 1 January 2015), Edward Higgins White Ii, in entry for Edward Higgins Iii White, 16 Sep 1953; from "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2005); citing Texas Department of State Health Services.
  7. "Florida Death Index, 1877-1998," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVXX-HLQ : 25 December 2014), Edward Higgins White, Jan 1967; from "Florida Death Index, 1877-1998," index, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : 2004); citing vol. 2905, certificate number 229, Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, Jacksonville.
  8. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JG4M-KMR : 20 May 2014), Edward White, Jan 1967; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  9. "BillionGraves Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HTZ-QCV : 15 September 2015), Edward H. White II, died 27 Jan 1967; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at West Point Cemetery, West Point, Orange, New York, United States.
  10. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5W-2PLH : 4 September 2015), Edward H White 2nd, Missouri, United States, 03 May 1990; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing , born-digital text.
  11. Find a grave 1093 Edward H White. United States Military Academy Post Cemetery , West Point, Orange County, New York, USA.
  12. Agency Awards Historical Recipient List

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Research Notes

The birth certificate lists the suffix as Jr. but sometime after the birth of his son in 1953 he starts being referred to as Edward White II.

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    On 7 Dec 2017 at 16:07 GMT Sharon (Troy) Centanne wrote:

    Here is source information about Edward H. White, Jr. Hospital from the Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/hca-closing-ed-white-hospital/2199012

    On 7 Dec 2017 at 16:01 GMT Sharon (Troy) Centanne wrote:

    A hospital named for Edward H. White existed in Saint Petersburg, Florida for many years, but has now gone out of business. It was located on 9th Avenue North. Edward's parents were residents of Saint Petersburg, Florida around the time he passed away.

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