He died 45 years ago today.
Who was he? He was this guy.
He was an astronaut. He was the first American to ever walk in space. He was from San Antonio. And he died on this day in 1967.
In the Apollo 1 capsule.
His death -- along with those of fellow astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Roger Chaffee -- were very tragic, but their passing woke NASA up to some very important changes that needed to be made in order to make space travel much, much safer for everyone else who came after them.
Thank you, Col. White. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Your family can be very proud of you. San Antonio can be proud of you. And we are.