U.S. Air Force Major Virgil I "Gus" Grissom was born April 3, 1926 in Mitchell, Indiana
Grissom was the pilot of the Mercury-Redstone 4 flight of "Liberty Bell 7 on July 21, 1961. This flight, launched from Cape Canaveral, was a suborbital flight following a ballistic trajectory. The flight attained an altitude of approximately 116 statue miles, and the space craft traveled about 254 statue miles down the Atlantic Missile Range. Grissom was safely recovered, but due to a mishap the spacecraft filled with water and sank. The test, however, effectively proved the spacecraft under suborbital conditions, and the Redstone program was considered successfully concluded.