The Jet Observer

Legacy of naval aviator, astronaut Neil Armstrong remembered by SECNAV

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 3:52 pm

WASHINGTON (NNS) — “On behalf of the men and women of the Navy Department, I extend my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the family of Neil Armstrong.

“Mr. Armstrong rightly belongs to the ages as the man who first walked on the moon, a pioneer of space exploration and science. A giant. But to those of us in his Navy family, he will also remain a shipmate — a naval aviator who flew nearly 80 combat missions during the Korean War. A leader.

“He never wanted to be a living memorial, and yet to generations the world over his epic courage and quiet humility stands as the best of all examples. It is not merely his ‘small step’ we admire; it is his very large and humble heart.

“The world has lost a legend. We have lost a friend, unique in our lifetime and never to be out of our minds.”

Ray Mabus

Secretary of the Navy

Welcome to the discussion.

  • Register

    If you do not have an account, set one up! It's easy to do and it's free!
    Registration is to comment and post events only. We will not share your personal information or use it for any other purposes.