“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wapakoneta in Auglaize County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Neil Armstrong's Boyhood Home

Neil Armstrong's Boyhood Home Marker Side A image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
1. Neil Armstrong's Boyhood Home Marker Side A
Side A
Stephen and Viola Armstrong moved their family, including 13-year-old Neil and his younger siblings, June and Dean, to the house at 601 West Benton Street in 1944. Here, Neil explored his fascination with flying by reading aviation magazines and building model airplanes. Neil completed flying lessons at nearby Port Koneta airport and earned his pilot's license on his sixteenth birthday, even before receiving a driver's license. Neil graduated from Blume High School in 1947 and studied aeronautical engineering at Purdue University on a Navy scholarship. The Korean conflict interrupted his studies, but he left the Navy as a decorated combat pilot, flying 78 missions. After graduating from Purdue in 1955, Neil worked at what would become the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Soon after he became a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Side B
Armstrong was named to the second group of astronauts in 1962. he commanded the Gemini 8 mission in March 1966 and the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. The latter culminated when Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Apollo 11's crew emphasized

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By Michael Baker
2. Neil Armstrong's Boyhood Home Marker Side B
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that its accomplishment belonged to all of humanity. For many, Apollo 11 was the culmination of the "Space Race," the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to reach the moon first. Armstrong went on to receive a masters degree from the University of Southern California, teach at the University of Cincinnati, and serve on corporate boards. He flew more than 200 models of aircraft from gliders and helicopters to jets and rockets. Armstrong died in 2012 at the age of 82. "That's one small step for (a) man; and one giant leap for mankind." - Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969
Erected 2018 by Rotary Club of Wapakoneta Armstrong Air and Space Museum Association City of Wapakoneta The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 9-6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceExploration. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 40° 34.021′ N, 84° 12.124′ W. Marker is in Wapakoneta, Ohio, in Auglaize County. Marker is at the intersection of West Benton Street and Buchanan Street, on the left when traveling west on West Benton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 West Benton Street, Wapakoneta OH 45895, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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By Michael Baker
3. Neil Armstrong's Boyhood Home Marker
2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Shannon Stock Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dudley Nichols (approx. 0.4 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wapakoneta All Wars Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wapakoneta Heritage Parkway (approx. half a mile away); Dayton and Michigan Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wapakoneta (Wapaughkonnetta) (approx. 0.8 miles away); F5D Skylancer (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wapakoneta.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2018, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2018, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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