President pays tribute to first U.S. spaceman

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(Monday, May 8, 1961) — President John F. Kennedy congratulated astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American in space, on his historic May 5, 1961 ride in the Freedom 7 spacecraft today, presenting him with the NASA Distinguished Service Award.

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