Talk:Wally Schirra

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USNA graduate[edit]

Walter Schirra graduated from the United States Naval Academy. Someone needs to clean up this article and make it factually accurate.

Whoever left this anonymous comment could have done that. I got the current information from his website. Holford 23:58, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

Son's child porn conviction[edit]

I removed reference to his son's criminal conviction as not germaine to the article, especially with the unsubstantiated comment that he got no jail time due to his father's influence. Holford 20:43, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

In 2005, his son Walter Schirra III plead guilty in a fedral child sex tourism case. He was not given a prison sentence due to his father's influence.

Please stop removing this information-it is well sourced here- Tommypowell 15:16, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

It is also irrelevant. The sins of the son are not visited upon the father, and there is absolutely no evidence to suggest his father's influence had anything to do with the lack of prison time. FCYTravis 21:58, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Come on!!: Estamos hablando de un héroe, please...

need to verify date & cause of death[edit]

Apparently Reuters initially reported May 3 (Thursday) but corrected to May 2 (Wednesday), cause of death: some stories say he had cancer, but as far as I can see the only thing mentioned as cause of death is "natural causes" - Nunh-huh 19:11, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

Reuters also could not verify the place of death. Please don't re-add place or cause of death without a citation. - Nunh-huh 19:53, 3 May 2007 (UTC)
NASA's statement issued on Thursday confirms that Schirra died "yesterday", meaning Wednesday. - Nunh-huh 20:09, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

This source [1] says Thursday, provides cause of death and place, and indicates the source of the confusion. "Schirra died of a heart attack at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, said Ruth Chandler Varonfakis, a family friend and spokeswoman for the San Diego Aerospace Museum. NASA had said he died late Wednesday but the family and the medical examiner's office both said it was Thursday." - Nunh-huh 20:15, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

On the radio they said that he had cancer. Bubba73 (talk), 03:12, 4 May 2007 (UTC) says heart attack, but doesn't list a date of death. Bubba73 (talk), 03:22, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
Well, you can have a heart attack while you've also got cancer, so the reports are not necessarily incompatible. Since the reference quotes the medical examiner on the date and heart attack, I feel comfortable with that until further information comes to light. - Nunh-huh 03:51, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
Right. I'm not going to change it. Bubba73 (talk), 03:54, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

Memorial and Burial[edit]

Wally was memorialized by Neil Armstrong during the May 2007 gathering of "Golden Eagles," the Early & Pioneer Naval Aviators Assn in Florida. Subsequently it was announced that there would be a memorial service in San Diego later in the month. Sometime later Wally's ashes will be spread at sea.

B Tillman (coauthor) 13 May 07 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by BTillman (talkcontribs) 23:40, 13 May 2007 (UTC).

TV spot[edit]

[2] might proof that he advertises for Actifed.--Stone 14:50, 8 May 2007 (UTC) They each took a decongestant, Actifed, an hour before reentry from [3] might proof the rest.--Stone 14:52, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Article too complimentary[edit]

According to the Wikipedia article on capsule communicator Glynn Lunney (, Schirra repeatedly refused to take orders from the ground during the Apollo mission. The Lunney article seems to suggest a greater problem than the disgruntledness caused by cold medication the Schirra article describes. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:53, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Schirra at Pax River?[edit]

This article doesn't say exactly when (or where) Schirra became a Navy test pilot (which requires six months specialized training above and beyond normal flight instruction.) According to the book Lost Moon (aka Apollo 13), Schirra was at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in 1958 at the same time as Jim Lovell, when they were recruited for Project Mercury (along with Pete Conrad). The book even implies that Schirra was in Lovell's 1958 test pilot class:

"Lovell, it was announced, had finished first in his class, edging out even such Pax River wunderkinder as Wally Schirra and Pete Conrad."

It later goes on to mention the three of them stealthily leaving the base for the flight to the recruitement meeting in DC.

Can anyone verify when Schirra was at Pax River (and was he actually in Lovell's class?) I know Alan Shepard was an earlier Pax River alumnus (and therefore knew Conrad and recommended him for the second group), but Shepard and Schirra were both about five years older than Lovell and Conrad. Plus, the six-year gap between Schirra's Korean War experience and Pax River makes me suspicious that he wasn't really in Lovell's and Conrad's test pilot class, and had been at Pax longer, like Shepard. Thanks. JustinTime55 (talk) 15:26, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

I think this has come wrong information about Eisele!![edit]

"Interaction with ground controllers became so strained that the crew was taken out of rotation for future missions, and none of the three flew for NASA again."

Eisele flew on Apollo 10. Who should correct this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:24, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

Eisele did not fly on Apollo 10. He was a member of the backup crew; he would have flown only if the actual command module pilot had not been able to. So while "none of the three flew for NASA again" is true, perhaps it needs to be removed, as it seems to imply the three were blacklisted within NASA, which isn't true. - Nunh-huh 18:46, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

The Grandfather[edit]

I am trying to track down the Bavarian cornet or trumpet player.

ref: 1905-1906_________Adam Schirra (Cornet)


G. Robert Shiplett 21:45, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Project Gemini: First musical performance in space is not reported correctly[edit]

Somehow the story is told all the time like Wally Schirra played the Hohner "Little Lady" harmonica and Tom Stafford accompanied him playing sleigh bells (you even find these instruments paired on a picture from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum ( - but if you listen to the broadcast ( you can clearly hear that there are no bells, but a second melody instrument (another harmoica?), playing the root note and the fifth alternately to add a second melody line to the song. Or am I wrong? How could this story be adjusted to the reality then? --Thomas Gebhardt (talk) 20:37, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

USS Alaska Reference[edit]

According to the wikipedia article about the USS Alaska, it was not a battle cruiser, and calling it armored is questionable. (talk) 17:12, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

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