GORDON COOPER'S APOLLO 1 CREW EMBLEM.
RECEIVED JUST PRIOR TO THE DEATHS OF GRISSOM, WHITE, AND CHAFFEE.
Circular Apollo 1 crew emblem, 3 ½ inches in diameter. Features a Command/Service Module in earth orbit with the moon in the distance. Displayed with a Typed Letter Signed by GORDON COOPER from his personal stationery.
GORDON COOPER'S signed provenance letter reads: "The Apollo 1 cloth crew "patch" displayed with this letter was given to me by Virgil "Gus" Grissom in 1966 and is one of the first production runs of this emblem. Gus and I were both selected by NASA in 1959 as part of the Mercury "Original Seven" Astronauts. Gus flew the second manned Mercury flight in 1961, a 15 minute sub-orbital flight using a Redstone rocket. He then commanded the first manned Gemini flight in March 1965 called Gemini 3. Gus started extensive training for Apollo flights and was selected to command Apollo 1 in early 1966.
It came as a shock to us in the Astronaut Office as well as the entire nation and the world that he with crew members Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed in a spacecraft fire on the launch pad on January 27, 1967. Gus and the Apollo 1 crew gave their lives to help the United States reach the goal of landing on the moon by the end of 1969."