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Ceremonies for Gemini 10 Crew on the USS Guadalcanal
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Ceremonies for Gemini 10 Crew on the U.S.S. Guadalcanal

April 14, 2003
Twelve-year-old Bill Doyle of Virginia Beach, VA., shakes hands with Gemini 10 pilot Michael Collins aboard the recovery ship U.S.S. Guadalcanal. At right is John W. Young, Gemini 10 command pilot. Billy represented 41 youngsters permitted aboard the Guadalcanal to witness the recovery with their Naval fathers or close relatives, marking the first time dependents have been permitted aboard a ship during a Gemini recovery operation. In front of them is a large cake baked by the ship's cooks for the occasion.