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Telephone Conversation With Astronaut Walter Schirra Following His Flight.

October 03, 1962

THE PRESIDENT. Hi, Commander.

Commander Schirra: Yes, sir, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT. We are delighted with 3,our trip. I will tell you that.

Commander Schirra: I thought I might as well go where I was headed this time.

THE PRESIDENT. You did a wonderful job and we are very, very pleased.

Commander Schirra: I appreciate your coming down and giving our booster a blessing.1 It seemed to help.

THE PRESIDENT. Well, it does us a lot of good, so I certainly extend all the congratulations to you and your family.

1 See Item 370.

Commander Schirra: Thank you very much, sir.

THE PRESIDENT. I will look forward to seeing you sometime soon.

Commander Schirra: I will look forward to it, too.

THE PRESIDENT. Thanks, Commander. Good luck.

Commander Schirra: Thank you for calling, sir.

THE PRESIDENT. Right. Goodbye.

Note: The President spoke from his living quarters in the White House to Commander Schirra aboard the aircraft carrier Kearsarge.

John F. Kennedy, Telephone Conversation With Astronaut Walter Schirra Following His Flight. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/235768

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