A Hoosier, Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom was born on 3 Apr 1926 in Mitchell, Lawrence Co., Indiana. In 1950, Grissom graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree. He was a U.S. Air Force test pilot and one of the original Project Mercury astronauts. He was the second American to space.
He died 27 Jan 1967 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about Gus Grissom:
Calculated risk: the supersonic life and times of Gus Grissom by George Leopold (2016) Ind 92 Gri
Gus Grissom: the lost astronaut by Ray E Boomhower (2004) Ind 92 Gri
Both titles are located in the Library's Indiana Room.