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Apollo 11 LCC Area A Personnel List
We only have a good list of names for Area A, shown below. We are starting to include names for the rest of the LCC and support areas. If you have lists or names for personnel in other areas of the firing room or in other support areas for any launch, please contact us.
Here is a layout of the Launch Control Center from Apollo 12 documentation. Apollo 11 was similar – Click to clarify and enlarge
Prior to launch, KSC issued a press release listing the names of those on the area A consoles. Click on it below to download and view a PDF copy.
Here is a typed version of the list from the press release to enable search engines such as Google to find individuals and to make it easier to read.
Area A Row A:
1. Isom “Ike” A. Rigell, Chief Engineer, KSC Launch Vehicle Operations (LVO)
2. Lee B. James, MSFC Saturn V Program Manager
3. Andrew J. Pickett, Test Operations Manager, KSC LVO
4. Dr. Hans F. Gruene, Director, KSC LVO
5. Rocco A. Petrone, Director of KSC Launch Operations
6. Dr. Kurt H. Debus, Director of KSC
7. Walter J. Kapryan, Deputy Dir. Of KSC Launch Operations
8. John J. Williams, Director of KSC Spacecraft Operations
9. George M. Low, MSC Apollo Program Manager
10. John W. King, KSC Public Affairs
Area A Row B:
1. Randy E. Youmans, Chief Test Conductor, KSC LVO
2. Norm M. Carlson, Test Conductor, KSC LVO
3. E. Ron Bentti, Test Conductor, KSC LVO
4. Bill Schick, Space Vehicle Test Supervisor
5. B. L. Grenville, Space Vehicle Test Supervisor
6. Paul C. Donnelly, Launch Operations Manager
7. Bob E. Moser, Test Planning, KSC Launch Operations
8. W. A. Fuller, TIE Space Vehicle Engineer, Boeing
9. J. F. Heard, Spacecraft Operations Manager, KSC Spacecraft Operations
10. M. L. Martin, Spacecraft Test Manager, North American Rockwell
11. O. S. Gonzales, Assistant Spacecraft Manager, Grumman
12. J. D. Beeson, Spacecraft Operations Test Conductor, KSC Spacecraft Operations
Area A Row C:
1. J. H. Lundy, Senior Test Conductor, Boeing
2. J. Rogers, Test Conductor Engineer, Boeing
3. R. P. Verdier, Test Conductor, Boeing
4. W. R. Brown, Test Conductor Engineer, Boeing
5. T. E. Martin, S-II Test Conductor, North American Rockwell
6. Ed L. Carpenter, Assistant Test Conductor, North American Rockwell
7. Ron C. Shane, S-IVB Test Conductor, McDonnell Douglas
8. G. V. Barnum, Assistant Test Conductor, McDonnell Douglas
9. R. C. Buckley, Operations Engineer, IBM
10. Tom R. Kitchens, Instrument Unit Test Conductor, IBM
11. Ed C. Witt, Complex Manager, IBM
12. R. D. Brooks, Electrical Engineer, North American Rockwell
13. J. A. Gulsby Sr., GSE Engineer, KSC Spacecraft Operations
14. D. C. Dunn, ACE Engineer, North American Rockwell
15. D. R. Moore, GSC ACE Engineer, KSC Spacecraft Operations
16. W. R. Pogue, MSC Astronaut Communicator
17. D. K. Slayton, MSC Astronaut Communicator
18. J. F. Battaglia, Launch Complex 39 Operations, KSC Spacecraft Operations
19. T. H. Lindsay Jr., Command/Service Module-Launch Vehicle, KSC Integration Engineer
20. Dr. A. C. Harter, MSC Biomedical
21. Dr. H. S. Brownstein, NASA Headquarters Biomedical
Area A Row D:
1. Nels E. Roseland, Systems Engineer, LVO
(Note by Frank Bryan; Position 1 was staffed by senior engineers in my staff on a shift/operations basis, and included Nels Roseland, Dave Moja, Bill Haynes, Art Sawyer, and Don Kelly)
2. Frank G. Bryan, Engineering, KSC LVO
3. Roy E. Lealman, Electrical G&C Systems, LVO
4. Ed L. Fannin, Mechanical & Propulsion Systems, LVO
5. Marion D. Edwards, Instrumentation, LVO
6. Don R, Oswald, Quality Assurance, LVO
7. Bill C. Holmes, Launch Operations Site Manager, Boeing
8. John J. Cully, Saturn V Program Manager, Boeing
9. Al C. Martin, SII Operations Manager, North American Rockwell
10. Hal Eaton, Jr., Saturn/Apollo Programs Director, McDonnell Douglas
11. George M. Smith, Test Operations Manager, IBM
12. Bob G. Young, Display Coordinator, KSC Technical Support
13. Al M. Koller, Jr., Technical Assistant, KSC LVO
14. The EIDOPHOR Controller, KSC Technical Support
15. Jo Ann Morgan, Chief Instrumentation Controller, KSC Technical Support
16. Joe R. Smith, Alternate Instrumentation Controller, KSC Technical Support
17. J. R. Davenport, Communications Controller, KSC Technical Support
18. Joe N. Barfus, Test Support Controller, KSC Technical Support
19. Gordon E. Artley, Chief Test Support Manager
20. Raymond L. Clark, Director of KSC Technical Support
21. S. L. Evans, KSC Security
22. A. A. Carroll, KSC Security
23. R. E. Woods, KSC Safety
24. R. L. DeBendictis, System Safety
25. F. M. Falkenberry, System Safety, Bendix
26. L. S. Eads, Air Force Eastern Test Range Superintendent of Range Operations, Pan American
Apollo 11 LCC Top Row During The Countdown
Left to right, George Low, Walter Kapyran, Dr. Kurt Debus, Rocco Petrone
Firing room other than area A:
Area B partial list:
NASA SIVB Electrical Systems; Michael Kraus
IBM Mechanical Systems; Chet Janes
Boeing; Luke Mumford, Jim Nelson, Charles Rehtinen, L. Cash, Jerri Webb Chris Toriz
NASA Hazardous Gas Detection System below.
The fellow to the right of the console operator is Bill Helms, the NASA Hazardous Gas Detection System Engineer. The Boeing Ground Measuring group supervisor Chuck Raney is sitting with his back to the next row of consoles, others pending, click on photo to enlarge.
Apollo 11 Launch Team
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1 Norm Carlson
2 Ed Abdullah
3 Rod Olsen
8 Ron Shane
9 Jim Schofield
10 Duke Ducharme
14 Edd Witt
20 Alan Shepard
21 Bill Pogue
22 Deke Slayton
28 George Smith
29 Bob Young
30 Al Koller
32 Jo Ann Morgan
35 Wes Branning
37 Joe Barfus
38 Ray Clark
41 Roy Tharpe
69 Bob Blocker
74 Sherm Evans
80 Robert Ehrhardt
I have been studying the photograph of the Apollo 11 Firing room for some time. I was at the S-1C Intertank Swing Arm console for the Apollo 11 launch. I believe that the person next to number 86 is Al Brush, one of the Swing Arm supervisors. The person sitting next to him also looks familiar. This is the row that would contain all of the Saturn V Swing Arm consoles. I do not recognize the person next to the number 88. What is most puzzling is: where are all of the Swing Arm guys that would be manning the consoles during the launch? I don’t know how long after liftoff the photo was taken because all of the people shown would not be away from their assigned station.
The Apollo 11 Firing Room photo was actually taken after launch during a talk by
a Dignitary. Your guys had probably moved.
Anyone remember Dennis Ford, engineer with Bendix. Is my much older brother who died in 1984. Trying to find out what his role was with the Apollo missions. Thanks.
I had an uncle that worked for NASA in the sixties on a launch team. His name was Bob Sansbury. Can anyone help with information please? Thanks.
I was IBM’s Mechanical Systems Manager on channel 6, in area B during Apollo 11 launch
My father, Luke Mumford, worked for Boeing between 1966 and 1970 I believe. I have his Permanent Firing Room Access badge from Apollo 11 and a launch room photo with his launch team. Some of the signatures on the photo that I
can read are Jim Nelson, Charles Rehtinen, L. Cash, Jerri Webb, and others I can’t read. I would be happy to forward pictures if wanted.
I remember alot of those guys . Some came to my house and I remember parties on the beach . How are you my brother ?
Please do forward your picture – I’ll post it.
Please send me a copy of the picture.
Please forward a copy of your picture to me and I will post them.
I was the NASA system engineer on the Hazardous Gas Detection System console in the very back row of consoles, just to the left (facing the back of the firing room) of the center aisle. To my left was Dan Warrensford of Boeing, and Chuck Raney, also of Boeing, was sitting behind us.
I plan to start listing the names I’ve received for the LCC areas soon, plus any pictures I receive.
Is there a list of the names of the people manning the strip charts for Apollo 9-12? I manned 1st stage instrumentation for Apollo 11 & 12. I worked for Boeing. I went by Chris Toriz.
I don’t have a list of the strip chart observers – sorry. Frank Bryan
Frank, No.11 looks a bit like Al O’Hara…..Ed
It doesn’t look like Al to me – the facial features look different. Also he’s standing with the IBM guys. You agree? Frank
On second look, agree.
21 is astronaut Bill Pogue, who was the official “Stoney” that day
Thanks for the ID Jonathan – Frank Bryan
Bob Young is number 29 and I (Al Koller) am number 30 on this chart.