Apollo 11 Mission Patch Flown to the surface of the moon.Apollo 11 Lunar Module Flown Beta Cloth Mission Insignia Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Support Crew Member William Pogue, with Signed LOA. A 3.375" Apollo 11 Beta cloth patch captioned on its mat: "This emblem carried to the lunar surface July 20, 1969". It is matted and framed to and overall 22.5" x 12.5" with color photos of Armstrong and Aldrin on the lunar surface and a plaque that reads:
In Appreciation for your Service to Apollo 11
From Neil, Mike, and Buzz.
Any item that flew to the surface of the moon in Apollo 11's Lunar Module Eagle is rare and prized by collectors. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed letter from Pogue recalling his memories as an Apollo 11 Support Crew member. It was received too late to be included in the printed catalog. The content is transcribed below (see last image):
"I had the good fortune to be assigned to the support crew of Apollo 11. I took direction from Buzz Aldrin working on lunar surface procedures. As soon as the crew landed on the moon they began preparing for a launch because there were a number of failures that could be worked around to save the crew but they had to get the Lunar Module back into lunar orbit first.
"We had a half dozen ladies for secretarial support and they were really nice looking ladies in their early twenties. We worked in a large open room and there was no door at the entrance. The male engineers all seemed to walk by the entrance even though it was out of the way. They all seemed to have something to say to the ladies and it was interrupting their work.
"I called the local engineer, explained the problem and he installed a door on the entrance. Problem solved!
"Neil Armstrong and I shared a back fence and I could reduce minor distractions and give him some extra rest time by driving both of us to and from Ellington AFB for our flights to from Patrick AFB in Florida. Later I learned that Neil and Buzz had confided to close friends that they figured they had a 50-50 chance of getting back alive. Thank God!
"Bill Pogue Pilot, Skylab 4/ 10/8/12"
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