2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin, 19th Indiana, 24th Michigan
24th Michigan Monument Gettysburg Pa
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew — And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, - Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
For those wanting to learn more about this incredible man I recommend the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen. Neil didn't like the title himself. As he pointed out he wasn't the first man on the moon. He and Buzz landed together. It's been rumored for years that Neil wrote his own autobiography to be published after his death. Hopefully he did.
If anybody deserves to be embalmed and posed like a bear it's this guy. I mean, c'mon—even dead it's been to the Moon and back! Let future generations wear his head shiny-smooth because it's good luck to touch it.
Only 8 moon-walkers left: Buzz Aldrin, 82; Alan Bean, 80; Edgar Mitchell, 81; David Scott, 80; John W. Young, 81; Charles Duke, 76; Eugene Cernan, 78; and Harrison Schmitt, 77.
Rest in Peace Neil.
It's a shame that none of these men will likely be around when another member is added to their ranks. We have become earthbound again.
One of my favorite stories about Armstrong is that, during the final moments of the moon landing, the original landing site was found to be strewn with boulders. They had to clear a small crater to move on to flatter ground, flying only a few dozen feet above the surface. With only an uncertain few seconds of fuel left, Armstrong spotted and flew the lander to a clear area and set it down with practically empty fuel tanks. During the maneuver his heart rate and pulse remained steady and normal. The guy had ice-water in his veins. Still one of my heroes.
Armstrong on Gemini 8. The thing you need to remember while watching this is that no one's ever done anything like it before—he's literally flying by the seat of his pants and problem-solving on the edge of blackout.