Cmdr. Carpenter was a Mercury Astronaut and America’s fourth man in space. After retiring from NASA and the United States Navy, he participated in deep-sea research and authored several books.
U.S. Army Lt. Ehlers served in World War II and, based on individual actions following the D-Day invasion, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. He was a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Lt.Col. Goebel was an Ace from World War II, and while flying the P-51 Mustang, was credited with 11 aerial victories over the German Me-109 Messerschmidt, one of them piloted by Erick Hartmann. Lt.Col. Goebel received the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 18 Air Medals.