U.S. Navy Commander Walter M. Shirra, Jr. was born March 12, 1923 in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Schirra was the pilot of the Mercury Atlas 8 flight of "Sigma 7" on October 3, 1962. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, he completed a successful 6 orbit mission around the earth at an orbital velocity of approximately 17,560 miles an hour.
Schirra's "Sigma 7" Mercury spacecraft made nearly a pinpoint landing as planned, in the vicinity of Midway Island. Time of the flight was 9 hours and 13 minutes.