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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®


Houston, Harris County, Texas


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Pioneers in Space Awards

Pioneers in Space Medal
The UDC presents Pioneer in Space Awards to individuals who are lineal descendants of Confederate Soldiers or Sailors. Posthumous awards are permitted.

Description: The bronze medal is in the shape of a spaceship and in relief depicts the Earth in the foreground with the moon (or sun) with several stars. The Flag of the United States of America and the First National Flag of the Confederacy appear prominently in the center of the medal. The words “Pioneers in Space” are located at the top of the medal which is suspended from a sky blue ribbon by the intertwined initials, UDC. The words “United Daughters of the Confederacy” are at the very bottom of the medal at the base of the spaceship design.

Copyrights to the Pioneers in Space Medal were applied for in June 1984 and Registration in the name of the United Daughters of the Confederacy entered by the Copyright Office Library of Congress, Washington, DC on 15 Oct 1984.

Fifty number Medals were purchased from the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, CT. Certificates to accompany the Medal, the Certificate of Award for Technical Achievement were designed and printed.

List of all individuals who have received the Pioneers in Space Medal

The criteria is as follows:



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Pioneers in Space Medal Awarded by the
Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC


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11 June 2011 - Chapter Awards Bestowal Ceremony - Houston, Texas


John Michael Lounge - Medal No. 33
Astronaut - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
(Posthumously) accepted by his son, Michael Kenneth Lounge
great-grandson of Jean Noveret Trahan
Private, Company K, 10th Infantry Regiment, Louisiana

Scott Edward Parazynski, M.D. - Medal No. 34
Astronaut - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
great-grandson of William DuBose Gaillard
Lieutenant, Companies E, F & K, 1st Infantry Regiment, South Carolina


2 October 2009 - Sugar Land, Texas


Robert Laurel Crippen - Medal No. 32
Astronaut - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Captain, U.S. Navy (ret.)
Great-great-grandson of Isaac Francis Andress
Private, Co. C, 2nd Infantry Regiment, Alabama


7 June 2008 - Houston, Texas


Kenneth Dale Cockrell - Medal No. 31
Astronaut - Aerospace Engineer
Research Pilot - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Captain, U.S. Navy Reserves (ret.)
Great-great-grandson of Alvin Blakeney
Capt. J. P. Johnston’s Company (a/k/a Johnston’s Guards),
1st Infantry Battalion (Army of 10,000), Mississippi (Beckett’s)


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Pioneers in Space Certificate for Technical Achievement
Awarded by the
Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC


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11 June 2011 - Chapter Awards Bestowal Ceremony - Houston, Texas


Gale Lynn French
Contract Engineer, employed by IBM
For his support of the ground-based software for Mission Control
with the Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz Space Programs
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Great-great-grandson of William Elliott, Sr.
Private, 21st Reserve Company, Tres Palacios Coast Guard, Texas State Troops

Mary Theresa Odem
Associate Producer of the documentary miniseries,
From the Earth to the Moon about the Apollo Space Program
great-great-granddaughter of Bernard Gallagher
Private, Live Oak County Company, 3rd Frontier District, Texas State Troops

Mary Carolyn Taylor Sumners, Ph.D.
Director of Astronomy of the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences
and Director of the Challenger Learning Center and by training
NASA astronauts in the area of astronomy
great-granddaughter of James Thomas Taylor
Private, Company G, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee


13 June 2009 - Chapter Awards Bestowal Ceremony - Houston, Texas


James Paul Hatton, Sr.
Contract Engineer, employed by Boeing
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Grandson of James Franklin Compton
4th Sergeant - Co. I, 6th Mounted Infantry Regiment, Kentucky


7 June 2008 - Chapter Awards Bestowal Ceremony - Houston, Texas


Norman Henry Chaffee, III
NASA Engineer at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (1962-1996)
Great-grandson of Robert Alexander Payne
Private - Capt. Kirkpatrick’s Co. (a/k/a Amherst Artillery), Virginia Light Artillery


2 June 2007 - Chapter Awards Bestowal Ceremony - Houston, Texas


Craig Richard Solien
Employed by Rockwell International at the Orbiter Processing Facility
Kennedy Space Center
Great-great-grandson of Lemuel Walters
Private - Co. K, 13th Cavalry Regiment, Texas
(also known as Capt. John T. Bean’s Co., Burnett’s Regiment)


26 Sep 1987 - Awards Ceremony - Houston, Texas


Henry Jackson Story
Contrace Engineer, employed by Lockheed Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Great-grandson of Alva S. Story
Private - Co. K, 34th Infantry Regiment, Alabama


William Ronald McMurry
Aerospace Contractor, employed by Unisys Corp Goddard Space Flight Center
Langley Research Center, Virginia
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Great-grandson of John Edward Carman
Private - Co. B, Capt. Wooten's Company, Texas Cavalry


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Pioneers in Space Certificate for Technical Achievement
Awarded to Members of the
Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, UDC


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30 Sep 1989 - Texas Division Historical Evening Ceremony - Galveston, Texas


Carolyn Ann Kendrick Farmer
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Granddaughter of ADD NAME
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