Pogue, William E.

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Pogue, William E. Gender: M
born on 23 January 1930 at 12:30 (= 12:30 PM )
Place Okemah, Oklahoma, 35n26, 96w18
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 03°03' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 27°14 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 18°58'

Portrait of William E. Pogue 
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William E. Pogue
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American astronaut, selected by NASA in April 1966. Pogue’s only assignment was as Command Module Pilot on Skylab 4, the final manned flight. On 11/16/1973, he went into space and spent 84 days orbiting Earth. He is the author of "How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space?"

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Pogue, he attended Oklahoma Baptist University in 1951 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and received his commission one year later. He served a two-year combat tour during the Korean War, completing his service in 1954, and from 1955-57, he was a member of the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s precision flying team. Pogue earned his Master of Science in mathematics in 1960 and worked as an assistant professor in the mathematics department at the Air Force Academy. Prior to his selection by NASA, he was an instructor at the Air Force Research Pilot School.

Pogue was the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, 1974, the JSC Superior Achievement Award, 1970, the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He retired from NASA, as well as the Air Force with the rank of Colonel, in 1975 (1977?). On 10/04/1997, he was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

He is married to the former Jean A. Baird, and they have three children, William R. (9/05/1953), Layne S. (6/09/1955) and Thomas R. (9/12/1957). In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and studies Biblical history. He plays paddleball and handball and runs to keep fit.

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  • associate relationship with Carr, Gerald (born 22 August 1932). Notes: astronauts on Skylab 4
  • associate relationship with Crippen, Robert L. (born 11 September 1937). Notes: Support Crew member and astronaut of Skylab 4
  • compare to chart of Space: Skylab (space station) (born 14 May 1973). Notes: command module pilot of Skylab 4, the third manned mission to Skylab


  • Social : Joined group 1951 (U.S. Air Force)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 5 September 1953 (Son William born)
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  • Social : Left group 1954 (Completed his service)
  • Work : New Job 1955 (Flew with the Thunderbirds, three years)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 9 June 1955 (Daughter Layne born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 12 September 1957 (Son Thomas born)
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  • Social : End a program of study 1960 (Masters of Science degree)
  • Work : Gain social status April 1966 (Selected in the NASA program)
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  • Work : Prize 1970 (JSC Superior Achievement Award)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 16 November 1973 (Orbited the earth for 84 days)
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  • Work : Prize 1974 (Distinguished Service Medal, NASA)
  • Work : Prize 4 October 1997 (Inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame)
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Source Notes

Lynn Koiner quotes him by letter


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (One lengthy)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three, two sons and one daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Bibliography studies)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Gardening)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (Running, handball, paddleball)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Asst. professor)
  • Vocation : Military : Combat (Korean War)
  • Vocation : Military : Military career (Air Force, flying Thunderbirds)
  • Vocation : Travel : Astronaut
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Space travel)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Astronaut)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)