The fifth panel on the monument. It reads:
On July 21, 1961, Gus Grissom was awarded the NASA Distinguished
Service Medal. It reads "His flight, as one of the first by a United
States astronaut, was an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human
knowledge of technology and a demonstration of man's capabilities in
sub-orbital space flight."
Subsequently, Gus became the 4th person in history to receive
this state's highest military award when Governor Matthew E. Welsh presented
him with Indiana's
Distinguished Service Cross. It cites his "exceptional courage, ability,
and hist dedication to the service of others than himself."