Neil Armstrong was a civilian at the time of the Apollo 11 landing, and I believe the highest military rank he achieved was as a lieutenant-junior grade in the U.S. Navy (serving in Korea).
RIP Neil. The dream lives on. A genuine hero and world changer has passed and it really aggravates me that scum like Joseph Kony are still alive when people like Mr. Armstrong have left us.
Despite the fact that most of us didn't really think of Neil Armstrong much from one day to the other, his name (not to mention that of the aforementioned Buzz Aldrin and others that followed in their footsteps) will always have a special connection to the moon. It is, and always will be, hard not to look at the moon and have your brain subconsciously connect that image with the name 'Neil Armstrong'. One day when we finally make good on the efforts of the Apollo Programme and revisit the moon, hopefully someone will find it in their hearts to name something permanent and lasting after him. A couple of schools and museums never did reflect the scope of his first small step.
(BTW: I think you'll find the the astronaut in the photo is actually Buzz Aldrin... but it's the sentiment of the post that counts. Cheers, and thanks for an awesome blog.)
Neil Armstrong was the Commander of the Apollo 11 Mission, so he's a Commander in my eyes. And a hell of a role model to boot. I hope I live to see the first man on Mars. Wonder if he's been born yet?
Thank you for this tribute of pictures to this amazing man. He has been a childhood hero to me, may he RIP. So sad that many secrets die with him.
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