William E Pogue
- Category : Travel-Astronaut
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 4
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.