The Fire and Fate Have Left Eight Widows
In the late afternoon of Jan. 27. 1967, a tall young woman in a white uniform got into her blue Mustang in a parking lot at the Manned Spacecraft Center, 22 miles from Houston, Texas. She was Dee O'Hara, personal nurse to the national space program astronauts, and she was happy. She had left work on time for a change; her car was new and it was a joy to drive. Then she snapped on the car radio. --- Four miles away on Pine Shadows Drive, in the seulement of Timber Cove where John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra had built homes only a holler from each other, redhaired Adelin Hammack picked up her phone to hear the familiar voice of her husband Jerome, chief of flight operations landing and recovery division. Jerry told Adelin to go across the street to the Grissoms house and stay there until he got home, Adelin assumed that what Jerry really meant was that he'd be so late at the office that they couldn't play Poker that night. She walked across the street and said, “Hi, I guess the poker game is off? “Is it?" said Betty. "Well then, let's you and I have a drink." Before they had taken a sip, Wally Schirra's wife Jo from next door walked into the house. In Nassau Bay village Martha Chaffee was picking up dishes after having fed her two children their favorite hot dogs for supper when, unexpectedly, the wives of Astronauts AI Веan nпd Joе Кеrwin rang her doorbell. Pat White was late returning home to prepare supper because on Fridays she had to drive her daughter Bonnie to and from piano lessons in Dickinson. When Pat turned into her driveway she found her neighbor Jan Armstrong, wife of Astronaut Neil Armstrong, waiting silently in the carport.