Thanks for your help! Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:Donn F. Eisele (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) For Edits select Suggest Edits on the memorial page. "Apollo Pilot" is the reconstructed memoirs of Donn Eisele, the "forgotten" crew member of the "forgotten Apollo mission," Apollo 7. Make sure that the file is a photo. ). [8], As the launch date approached, Eisele's participation was at risk; he was having an extramarital affair with a woman who would later become his second wife. In Irish mythology, Donn ("the dark one", from Proto-Celtic: *Dhuosnos) is an ancestor of the Gaels and is believed to have been a god of the dead. After the boy's death, Eisele went back to Cape Canaveral and left Harriet to grieve alone. Are you sure that you want to remove this flower? After retiring from both NASA and the Air Force, he became the Peace Corps country director for Thailand, before moving into private business. After corrective surgery on January 27, Eisele was named to the crew for the second crewed Apollo flight, with Command Pilot Walter "Wally" Schirra and Pilot Walter Cunningham. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he was a son of Astronaut Donn Fulton Eisele and Harriet Elaine Hamilton Eisele.Surviving in addition to his parents are his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. (Clara Mae Reed) Hamilton; maternal great grandmother, Mrs. Laura Reed; a sister, Melinda and 2 brothers, Donn and Jon.Private services were held Friday in the Gnadenhutten Moravian church with Reverends R.T. Troutroan and Parrot, minister of Seabrook Methodist Church in Houston officiating.Burial was in Gnadenhutten Cemetery. Include gps location with grave photos where possible. GREAT NEWS! Add to your scrapbook. Colonel Eisele had four children from a previous marriage. Please select a county or city to continue. 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Are you sure that you want to delete this photo? Sorry! Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). Try again later. [9], Eisele remained on the crew, and on October 11, 1968, Apollo 7 was launched on an 11-day mission—the first crewed flight test of the third generation United States spacecraft. [2], In 1980, Eisele moved to Wilton Manors, Florida. [2], Eisele was a part of a group of Apollo astronauts to be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1983. “It was so hard.” Eisele remembers signing her divorce papers and instantly seeing it displayed on a news ticker. Donn F. Eisele (June 23, 1930–December 2, 1987) was a United States Air Force test pilot and later a NASA astronaut. Donn Fulton Eisele (June 23, 1930 – December 2, 1987) (Colonel, USAF) was a United States Air Force officer, test pilot, and later a NASA astronaut. Unlike other racing clubs, we emphasize having fun and keeping the events relaxed and open to everyone. 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[22] In the final three episodes of the 2015 ABC television series The Astronaut Wives Club, Eisele was portrayed by Ryan Doom. He occupied the command module pilot seat during the flight of Apollo 7 in 1968. In October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7.The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA’s manned-spaceflight program. Failed to remove flower. If a new volunteer signs up in your requested photo location, they may see your existing request and take the photo. Surviving in addition to his parents are his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. (Clara Mae Reed) Hamilton; maternal great grandmother, Mrs. Laura Reed; a sister, Melinda and 2 brothers, Donn and Jon. Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. Eisele was a project engineer and experimental test pilot at the Air Force Special Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. We do not have any photo volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. He occupied the command module pilot seat during the flight of Apollo 7 in 1968. Please reset your password. Your password must be at least 8 characters, Please check the I'm not a robot checkbox, If you want to be a Photo Volunteer you must enter a ZIP Code or select your location on the map. GREAT NEWS! According to Lily Koppel's book The Astronaut Wives Club, Eisele rarely visited his son Matthew, who was dying from leukemia. [4], Apollo 7 was placed in an Earth-orbit with an apogee of 153.5 nautical miles (284.3 km; 176.6 mi) and perigee of 122.6 nautical miles (227.1 km; 141.1 mi). [3] He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1952,[2] and chose a commission in the United States Air Force. Matthew Reed Eisele, age 6, of Houston, Texas, died of leukemia at Texas Children's Hospital. [11] After Eisele's death, the City of Wilton Manors named Donn Eisele Park in his memory. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- Donn Fulton Eisele, 57, an Apollo moon program astronaut who went on to serve as director of the Peace Corps in Thailand, died Dec. 1 in Tokyo after an apparent heart attack. In October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7.The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA's manned-spaceflight program. Thank you for fulfilling this photo request. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. Family members linked to this person will appear here. or don't show this again—I am good at figuring things out. Are you sure that you want to report this flower to administrators as offensive or abusive? Use this page to find out if Donn Eisele is dead or alive. He flew experimental test flights in support of special weapons development programs. Drag images here or select from your computer for Matthew Reed Eisele memorial. This memorial has been copied to your clipboard. In 1981, Eisele was appointed to a vacant seat on the Wilton Manors City Commission, and served in that political office for roughly one year. He received a Master of Science degree in Astronautics from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, in 1960. I thought you might like to see a memorial for Matthew Reed Eisele I found on Findagrave.com. A system error has occurred. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. [12], Eisele was a guide in the 1986 Concorde Comet Chase flights out of Miami and New York. We have 2 volunteers within ten miles of your requested photo location. Very user friendly navigation and includes a search function and interactive quizzes. Together with spacecraft commander Schirra and Lunar Module Pilot Cunningham, Eisele performed simulated transposition and docking maneuvers with the upper stage of their Saturn IB launch vehicle, and acted as navigator, taking star sightings and aligning the spacecraft's guidance and navigation platform. Eisele died of a heart attack on Dec. 2, 1987, at age 57, during a business trip in Tokyo, according to NASA. [20][21], In the 1998 HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Eisele was portrayed by John Mese. With between 15 and 20 boats sailing on race day, our primary focus is on racing, improving sailing skills and bringing new sailors into the sport. based on information from your browser. Donn Fulton Eisele (June 23, 1930 – December 2, 1987) (Colonel, USAF) was a United States Air Force officer, test pilot, and later a NASA astronaut. He occupied the Command Module Pilot seat during the flight of Apollo 7 in 1968. To view a photo in more detail or edit captions for photos you added, click the photo to open the photo viewer. There is a problem with your email/password. Eisele's posthumously discovered memoir Apollo Pilot was published by University of Nebraska Press in 2017. [2], Eisele served as backup Command Module Pilot for the 1969 Apollo 10 flight. But after dislocating his shoulder twice during training, … Eisele was born June 23, 1930, in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from West High School in 1948. He is survived by his wife Susan and their two children. Verify and try again. Apollo pilot : the memoir of astronaut Donn Eisele. [5] He logged more than 4,200 hours flying time, 3,600 of which were in jet aircraft. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. NASA Astronaut (Deceased) PERSONAL DATA: Born in Columbus, Ohio, on June 23, 1930. 1. He was a co-recipient of the AIAA 1969 Haley Astronautics Award and was presented the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Special Trustees Award in 1969. Broward County Library, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the only library in the United States to have a lunar rock on display. Died on December 2, 1987 of a heart attack while on a business trip to Tokyo, Japan. Plese check the I'm not a robot checkbox.'. Also an additional 2 volunteers within fifty miles. [6][7], In December 1966, Apollo 2 was cancelled on the grounds that it would be an unnecessary repeat of Apollo 1, and Schirra, Eisele, and Cunningham became the backups to Grissom's crew. The crew completed eight successful test firing maneuvers of the service module's propulsion engine. Please try again later. [2] Eisele then handled private and corporate accounts for the investment firm of Oppenheimer & Company. [14][15], Eisele was an Eagle Scout, a member of Tau Beta Pi, and a Freemason, belonging to Luther B. Turner Lodge # 732 in Columbus, Ohio. We have a volunteer within fifty miles of your requested photo location. We’ve updated the security on the site. Donn is said to dwell in Tech Duinn (the "house of Donn" or "house of the dark one"), where the souls of the dead gather. An email has been sent to the person who requested the photo informing them that you have fulfilled their request, There is an open photo request for this memorial. Please try again later. After retiring from both NASA and the Air Force, he became the Peace Corps country director for Thailand, before moving into private business. Donn F. Eisele, one of three astronauts who in 1968 flew the first manned flight of the Apollo spacecraft that eventually took man to the moon, died yesterday of a … Then, he cheated on her and … He did not. Flowers added to the memorial appear on the bottom of the memorial or here on the Flowers tab. Failed to delete memorial. Donn Fulton Eisele (June 23, 1930 – December 2, 1987) (Colonel, USAF) was a United States Air Force officer, test pilot, and later a NASA astronaut. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he was a son of Astronaut Donn Fulton Eisele and Harriet Elaine Hamilton Eisele. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorials be made to Research Hematology Fund of Texas Christian Hospital, Houston. Resend Activation Email. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. We were unable to submit your feedback at this time. He occupied the command module pilot seat during the flight of Apollo 7 in 1968. [13], In 1987, at the age of 57, Eisele died of a heart attack while on a business trip to Tokyo, Japan, where he was to attend the opening of a new Space Camp patterned on the one at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Oops, we were unable to send the email. DONN F. EISELE (COLONEL, USAF, RET.) His father, son of a professor of theology at the University of Halle, served as lieutenant in a Prussian infantry regiment during the Seven Years' War. By this time, the Senior Pilot title was changed to Command Module Pilot. Returning from Thailand two years later, he became Sales Manager for Marion Power Shovel, a division of Dresser Industries. Eisele died of a heart attack in 1987 at age 57, while on a business trip to Tokyo, Japan, where he was to attend the opening of a new Space Camp patterned after the one in Huntsville, Alabama. "Gus" Grissom and Senior Pilot Edward H. White. Donn Eisele became a test case to see if you could divorce and still fly in space again. For memorials with more than one photo, additional photos will appear here or on the photos tab. An officer in the Air Force, test pilot and later Peace Corps director and businessman, Eisele, 57, died 29 years ago on … Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. Died on December 2, 1987 of a heart attack while on a business trip to Tokyo, Japan. Donn Fulton Eisele, an Apollo moon program astronaut who went on to serve as director of the Peace Corps in Thailand, died in Tokyo of a heart attack Tuesday night, his wife said Wednesday. [18] In 2008, NASA posthumously awarded Eisele the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his Apollo 7 mission. Share this memorial using social media sites or email. All photos uploaded successfully, click on the Done button to see the photos in the gallery. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. GREAT NEWS! Photos larger than 8Mb will be reduced. [4] Eisele resigned from the Astronaut Office in 1970 and became technical assistant for manned spaceflight at the NASA Langley Research Center, a position he occupied until retiring from both NASA and the Air Force in 1972. In early 1966, Eisele was quietly selected as Pilot for the Apollo 1 crew, along with Command Pilot Virgil I. Try again later. You have chosen this person to be their own family member. Try again. Try again later. [24], National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, first crewed flight test of the third generation, "Donn F. 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[4], Eisele attended and graduated from the Aerospace Research Pilot School (Class 62A) at Edwards Air Force Base, California in 1962; his classmates included Charles Bassett and Theodore Freeman. Books: Apollo Pilot - The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele Died: December 2, 1987, Tokyo, Japan #Youtube: Donn F. Eisele Youtube ... Donn F. Eisele was born on June 23, 1930 (age 56) in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Year should not be greater than current year. [2], Eisele was part of NASA's third group of astronauts, selected in October 1963. The email does not appear to be a valid email address. If you have questions, please contact support@findagrave.com. He … [2] The 260-hour, 4.5 million mile (7.25 Gm; 7.25 million km) shakedown flight was successfully concluded on October 22, 1968, with splashdown occurring in the Atlantic, 8 miles (15 km) from the carrier USS Essex and only 0.3 miles (0.48 km; 480 m) from the predicted target. 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He was survived by his wife, Susan, and two children. We have 2 volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. At this time, Eisele was promoted to the Senior Pilot position. [9] Astronaut Office Chief Deke Slayton had warned the crew that they were all "expendable", and that any extramarital affairs must not become public. He was 57. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. Are you sure that you want to delete this memorial? [2] He was an Еagle Scout. The first space divorce designation belongs to Harriet and Donn Eisele, the command pilot of Apollo 7. Close this window, and upload the photo(s) again. [16][2], Among the honors he received during his career were the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Air Force Senior Pilot Astronaut Wings, and the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Quickly see who the memorial is for and when they lived and died and where they are buried. In October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7.The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA's manned-spaceflight program. Also an additional volunteer within fifty miles. Some of the details were accurately shown in the 'From the Earth to the Moon' TV series." Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. Q: Eisele died in 1987, when you were about 17 years old. This account has been disabled. Failed to report flower. After the fire, it was left to Schirra, the commander of the three-man back-up crew that included space rookies Walt Cunningham and — Donn Eisele became the thirtieth person, worldwide, to orbit the Earth as a member of NASA's first crew to launch aboard an Apollo spacecraft in 1968. This flower has been reported and will not be visible while under review. Your Scrapbook is currently empty. To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits. Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. CCSA members have been sailing at Creve Coeur Lake for more than 40 years. Edit a memorial you manage or suggest changes to the memorial manager. It would ultimately be called Apollo 7. After retiring from both NASA and the Air Force, he became the Peace Corps country director for Thailand, before moving into private business. [17] He was one of 24 Apollo astronauts who were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1997. We have set your language to For help using the website visit our help page or contact support@findagrave.com. [10], In July 1972, Eisele became Country Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand. But after dislocating his shoulder twice during training in January 1966, Eisele was replaced by Roger B. Chaffee. [Donn Eisele; Francis French; Susie Eisele Black; Amy Shira Teitel] -- In October 1968, Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7. [23], Susan Eisele Black donated a sample of a Moon rock to Broward County Main Library on behalf of her late husband, on October 23, 2007. Remove advertising from a memorial by sponsoring it for just $5. "Gus" Grissom and Senior Pilot Ed White. Main article: Apollo 7 Eisele was part of NASA's third group of astronauts, selected in October 1963. 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