He was commander of Apollo 9, which was the first flight of all the equipment needed to land on the moon. The mission included the first solo flight of the Lunar Module.
He joined Rockwell International, in January 1981, as Senior Vice-President of Government Operations and Strategic Planning.
He was named Manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program in August 1969, serving as program manager for Apollo 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
The Republic of South Korea awarded him the Chong Moo Medal.
He was an experimental test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base prior to becoming an astronaut.
In March 1975, he joined Pullman, Inc. as Vice President and in October of '75 he became President of the Pullman Standard Division, which is the largest manufacturer of railroad cars in the US.
He graduated from the USAF Experimental Test Pilot School and the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School.
He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds.
He has four children, two sons and two daughters.
He has received four Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Air Force Distinguished Service Medals and five Air Medals.
The University of Michigan gave him an honorary doctorate in Astronautical Science in 1965.
He flew 145 combat missions during the Korean War.
He attended Jackson Junior College, Jackson, Michigan.
He was the first astronaut to make his debut orbital flight as mission commander.
He was the command pilot for Gemini 4 when Ed White became the first American to walk in space.
He attended Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He graduated first in his class from the University of Michigan in 1959.
NASA selected him to be an astronaut in September of 1962.
He has a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
He joined the US Air Force in 1951, rising to the rank of Brigadier General by the time he retired.