Astronaut Robert Franklyn Overmyer

Astronaut Robert Franklyn Overmyer (HM2H4K)

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N 41° 27.967', W 81° 53.071'

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Marine Colonel Robert F. Overmyer was born July 14, 1936
in Lorain, but always considered Westlake, where his
family had lived since 1941, to be his hometown. He
graduated from Westlake High School in 1954. After earning
a bachelor's degree in physics from Baldwin Wallace
College in 1957, he entered active duty in the Marine
Corps in 1958. He completed Navy flight training and was
assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 214 in 1959. Overmyer
logged over 7,500 flight hours, with more than 6,000 of those in jet
aircraft. After earning a master's degree in aeronautics from the U.S.
Naval Postgraduate School in 1964, he was chosen as an astronaut for
the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory Program in 1966.

Overmyer was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1969 and was a member of the Apollo 17 support crew in 1972. He piloted the space shuttle Columbia during mission STS-5, the first fully-functional flight of the Shuttle Transportation System. It was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on November 11, 1982. In 1985, he commanded the shuttle Challenger during STS 51-B, the Spacelab-3 mission. Overmyer later served on the investigative team to determine the cause of the 1986 Challenger disaster, after which he retired from NASA and the Marines. He lost his life on March 22, 1996 in the crash of an experimental



aircraft he was testing near Duluth, Minnesota. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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HM NumberHM2H4K
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByThe Westlake Historical Society, the Stanton-Pfister family, and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 426136 N 4590880
Decimal Degrees41.46611667, -81.88451667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 27.967', W 81° 53.071'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 27' 58.02" N, 81° 53' 4.2599999999999" W
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