Here’s the love story of John and Annie Glenn in 13 photos


“We practically grew up in the same playpen. We never knew a time when we didn’t know each other,” John Glenn once wrote about how long he’d known his wife Annie. After becoming childhood sweethearts they were married in 1943, at the height of World War II, a conflict that took John to the Pacific Theater where he flew 59 combat sorties.

And for the decades that followed, Annie Glenn supported her husband in his every endeavor. And he supported her, most notably with her severe stutter that got much better during their years together thanks to his unconditional support. His passing on Dec. 8 stopped the clock on the couple’s time together on this earth – a total of more than 93 years based on Annie’s assertion that they met when they were both 2 years old.

Here are 13 photos that illustrate the love story of John and Annie Glenn:

Snapshot of John Glenn and Annie Castor on the lawn of the Castor home in New Concord, Ohio, circa 1938
Snapshot of John Glenn and Annie Castor on the lawn of the Castor home in New Concord, Ohio, circa 1938 (Photo: Glenn family collection)

 

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Another snapshot of the childhood sweethearts during their teens in Ohio. (Photo: Glenn family collection)

 

Wedding day, 1943. (Photo: Glenn family collection)
Wedding day, 1943. (Photo: Glenn family collection)

 

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The Glenn family at home in pre-NASA days, right after Project Bullet, a mission where John broke the cross-country speed record flying an F-8. (Photo: USMC)

 

John shows Annie a mockup of the Mercury capsule before his mission in 1962. (Photo: NASA)
John shows Annie a mockup of the Mercury capsule before his mission in 1962. (Photo: NASA)

 

Annie inspects her husband's capsule after his successful return to earth. (Photo: AP)
Annie inspects her husband’s capsule after his successful return to earth. (Photo: AP)

 

John Glenn greets his wife, Annie Glenn, as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson looks on, taken at the reunion of the Glenn family at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida after Glenn's Friendship 7 space flight, February 23, 1962
John and Annie kiss as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson looks on at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida after Glenn’s Friendship 7 space flight where he orbited the earth 3 times, the first man to do so. (Photo: AP)

 

John and Anne ride during the motorcade through Washington DC in honor of his successful Mercury 7 mission. (Photo: AP)
John and Anne ride during the motorcade through Washington DC in honor of his successful Mercury 7 mission. (Photo: AP)

 

The Glenns visit with young Jay Bryant, who was stricken with polio, during a NASA promotional tour after John Glenn's Mercury 7 mission. (Photo: NASA)
The Glenns visit with young Jay Bryant, who was stricken with polio, during a NASA promotional tour after John Glenn’s Mercury 7 mission. (Photo: NASA)

 

The Glenns on stage during John's short-lived presidential campaign in 1983. (Photo: AP)
The Glenns on stage during John’s short-lived presidential campaign in 1983. (Photo: AP)

 

Annie reunited with John following the shuttle mission in 1998 that added to his records, that time making him the oldest man in space. (Photo: NASA)
Annie reunited with John following the shuttle mission in 1998 that added to his records, that time making him the oldest man in space. (Photo: NASA)

 

From left, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Annie Glenn, astronaut and former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, and singer Diana Krall, stand during the opening processional at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, during a national memorial service for the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
From left, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Annie Glenn, astronaut and former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, and singer Diana Krall, stand during the opening processional at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, during a national memorial service for the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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