John Young

John Young

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Capt John W. Young
Born 1930s.
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Died 2010s.
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Preceded by
Alan Shepard
Chief of the Astronaut Office
January 14, 1974 - April 15, 1987
Succeeded by
Dan Brandenstein


Father: William Hugh Young
Mother: Wanda Howland

John Watts Young (September 24, 1930 – January 5, 2018) is an American former astronaut, naval officer and aviator, test pilot, and aeronautical engineer.

1930 John is born in San Francisco, Califorina, USA
1952 Graduated from Georgia Tech. Entered the US Navy. Served on the USS LAWS (DD-558) in Korean War. After war, assigned to Fighter Squadron 103 for 4 years.
1955 Married Barbara Vincent White (1932-2002) in Duval, Florida, USA[1] (to 1972).[2]
* Children:
Sandra Young
John Young
1959 Graduated from Navy test pilot school and assigned to Naval Air Test Center for 3 years.
1962 Selected by NASA as an astronaut in Astronaut Group 2.[3] Young flew on six NASA missions.
1965 Flew on Gemini 3 as Pilot with Gus Grissom. Awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, His first of 3.[4]
Gemini 3
1966 Flew on Gemini 10 as Commander with Mike Collins. Awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, his second.[4]
Gemini 10
1969 Flew on Apollo 10 as CM Pilot with Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford. Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, his first of 3.[4]
Apollo 10
1972 Flew on Apollo 16 as Commander with Charles Duke and Tom Mattingly. Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, his second.[4]
Apollo 16
1973 Chief of the Space Shuttle Branch of the Astronaut Office.
1974 Chief of the Astronaut Office.
1976 Retired from the Navy after 25 years of service. Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
1981 Flew on Columbia STS-1 as Commander with Robert Crippen.
* Assigned as Associate Director (Technical).
* Awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, his third, and the NASA Space Flight Medal, his first of 2.[4]
Space Medal
of Honor
1983 Flew on Columbia STS-9 as Commander with Brewster Shaw, Owen Garriott, Robert A. Parker, Ulf Merbold and Byron Lichtenberg. Awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal, his second.[4]
1987 Served as Special Assistant to the Director of JSC for Engineering, Operations, and Safety.
1988 Awarded the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal.[4]
Exceptional Engineering
1992 Awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal.[4]
Outstanding Leadership
1994 Awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.[4]
2004 Retired from NASA.
2006 Awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, his third.[4]


John Young, NASA’s longest-serving astronaut, who flew in space six times, walked on the moon, commanded the first space shuttle and became the conscience of the astronaut corps, advocating for safety reforms in the wake of the 1986 Challenger disaster, died Jan. 5 at his home in Houston. He was 87.

NASA announced his death, citing complications from pneumonia as the cause.

Mr. Young spent 42 years in the space program and was the only astronaut to go to space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs. He spent 13 years as chief of the astronaut corps, playing a major role in coordinating spaceflight training, scheduling and safety.[5]


  1. "Florida Marriage Indexes, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001,"
  2. Associated Press (April 11, 1981). "Young: America's old man of space". Nashua Telegraph. 113 (36). p. 23
  3. Wikipedia List of Astronauts, by Year
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Agency Awards Historical Recipient List
  5. Printed in The Washington Post, 06 Jan 2018

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #186428895 retrieved 07 Jan 2018
  • Wikipedia: John Young
  • WikiData: Q107667 Wikidata Information Reasonator enwiki Ancestors (about wikidata)
  • NASA Bio
  • "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 November 2014), John Watts Young, 24 Sep 1930; citing San Francisco, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 December 2017), John Young in household of Hugh Young, Ward 3, Orlando, Election Precinct 16, Orange, Florida, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 48-17, sheet 21B, line 43, family 412, 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 603.

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On 7 Jan 2018 at 15:23 GMT Michael Stills wrote:

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