Chris Wallace: John Glenn Was a 'Genuine American Hero'
John Glenn, the former astronaut who became the first American to orbit the Earth, has died at the age of 95, Ohio State University has confirmed.
Glenn later spent 24 years representing Ohio in the U.S. Senate and also became the oldest person in space in 1998.
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace joined Shepard Smith Thursday afternoon as the news broke to remember the American hero.
"He was the exemplar of 'the right stuff' and became an instant national hero," said Wallace.
Wallace covered Glenn during the latter's time as a senator, but there was always something a bit different about him.
"This wasn't a senator," Wallace said. "This was John Glenn, an American hero, and so you felt a genuine sense of thrill and honor to be in his presence."
We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra. pic.twitter.com/89idi9r1NB
— NASA (@NASA) December 8, 2016
The Corps lost a legend today.
Col. John Glenn— an astronaut, a senator, a Marine— died at the age of 95.
Semper Fi, Sir. pic.twitter.com/xUShqC9JaZ
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) December 8, 2016
Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 8, 2016
"He was a genuine American hero," Wallace said. "We use that word hero too often. He really was."
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