Famous Eagle Scouts
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This list of Eagle Scouts includes men who have become notable after earning Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since it was first awarded in 1912, Eagle Scout has been earned by more than one and a half million young men. The title of "Eagle Scout" is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle".
The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA), is a special award, awarded only to Eagle Scouts, for Distinguished service in his profession and to the community for a period of at least twenty-five years after earning the Eagle Scout rank. Since its introduction in 1969 by the National Eagle Scout Association, the DESA has been awarded to just under 2000 Eagle Scouts.
Famous Eagle Scouts
- Arthur Eldred; The first Eagle Scout.
- Gerald R. Ford Jr. ; 38th President of the United States.
- William Bennett; former U.S. Secretary of Education.
- Michael Bloomberg; mayor of New York City.
- John W. Crayton, Jr.; President and CEO of Weyerhauser.
- William E. Dannemeyer; conservative California statesman, and national chairman of Citizens for a Better America.
- William C. DeVries, MD; Transplanted first artificial heart.
- Philo Farnsworth; inventor and patented the television.
- Steve Fossett ; Adventurer, president of the National Eagle Scouts Association. Still missing after his plane crashed in the Nevada desert.
- Louis Freeh; former director of the FBI.
- William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt ; Danish Knight-Scout who is said to be the father of American Scouting.
- L. Ron Hubbard; writer of Dianetics and the founder of Scientology
- JW Marriott, Jr ; President, Marriott Corporation.
- Michael Moore; director, author, and comedian.
- Mitchell Paige ; Marine Corps hero who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Guadalcanal
- H. Ross Perot; Businessman and former presidential candidate.
- Donald Rumsfeld ; former United States Secretary of Defense, former representative and ambassador to NATO.
- Stephen Spielberg ; director
- Ryan Stout; stand-up comedian
- John Tesh; musician and actor.
- Neil Armstrong ; First human to set foot on the Moon. Astronaut, test pilot, and naval aviator; Flew on the Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 missions.
- James Lovell ; Astronaut, Flew on missions Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13, former president of National Eagle Scout Association.
- James C. Adamson; Retired Army colonel and astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-28 and STS-43.
- James P. Bagian; Physician and astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-29 and STS-40.
- Guy Bluford; Retired Air Force colonel and astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-8, STS-39, STS-53, and STS-61-A. First African American in space.
- Ken Bowersox; Astronaut, test pilot and Navy captain; Flew on shuttle mission STS-50, STS-61, STS-73, STS-82, STS-113, International Space Station Expedition 6, and Soyuz TMA-1.
- Charles E. Brady, Jr. ; Astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-78.
- Gerald P. Carr ; Retired Marine Corps colonel and astronaut; Commanded Skylab 4.
- Sonny Carter ; Astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-33.
- Roger B. Chaffee; Navy pilot and astronaut on Apollo 1.
- Gregory Chamitoff; Astronaut; Backup crew-member for International Space Station Expedition 15.
- Richard O. Covey ; Astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-26, STS-38, STS-51-I, STS-61.
- John Oliver Creighton; Navy combat veteran and Astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-51-G, STS-36, and STS-48.
- Charles Moss Duke, Jr.; Retired Air Force brigadier general and astronaut. Flew on Apollo 16. One of only twelve men who have walked on the moon.
- Donn F. Eisele; Air Force colonel and astronaut; Flew on Apollo 7.
- Patrick G. Forrester; Astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-105.
- Michael E. Fossum ; Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, and astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-121.
- C. Gordon Fullerton; Research pilot, retired Air Force colonel, and astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-3 and STS-51-F.
- William G. Gregory; Retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-67.
- S. David Griggs; Navy Reserve admiral and astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-51-D.
- Jeffrey A. Hoffman; Co-director of the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium at MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-51-D, STS-35, STS-46, STS-61, and STS-75.
- Gregory H. Johnson; Astronaut.
- Thomas David Jones; Astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-59, STS-68 and STS-80.
- Mark C. Lee; Retired Air Force officer and astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-30, STS-47, STS-64, and STS-82.
- Don L. Lind; Astronaut; Flew on SpaceLab mission STS-51-B.
- Steven W. Lindsey; Air Force colonel and astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-87, STS-95, and STS-104.
- Michael J. McCulley; Chief Executive Officer of United Space Alliance and Astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-104.
- William Cameron McCool (deceased); Pilot of the Columbia shuttle mission STS-107.
- Brian O'Leary; Astronaut; Deputy team leader for Mariner 10.
- Ellison Onizuka; Air Force lieutenant colonel and astronaut; Flew on shuttle mission STS-51-C. Died onboard shuttle Challenger, mission STS-51-L.
- Stephen S. Oswald ; Navy rear admiral and Astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-42, STS-56, and STS-67.
- Scott E. Parazynski; Astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-66, STS-86, STS-95 and STS-100.
- Donald Pettit; Astronaut who participated in missions STS-113, International Space Station Expedition 6, and Soyuz TMA-1.
- Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr.; Astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-48 and STS-60.
- Richard A. Searfoss; Retired Air Force colonel and astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-58, STS-76, and STS-90.
- Elliott See; Astronaut; Backup pilot for Gemini 5 before his death.
- Richard H. Truly ; Retired Navy vice admiral and astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-2 and STS-8 and first former astronaut to head NASA.
- David M. Walker; Astronaut; Flew on shuttle missions STS-51-A, STS-30, STS-53, and STS-69.
People Incorrectly Regarded as Eagle Scouts
- Hank Aaron (Silver Buffalo Award recipient)
- Henry Fonda (Scout and Scoutmaster)
- Harrison Ford (Life Scout)
- Bill Gates (Life Scout)
- Jimmy Stewart (Second Class, Silver Buffalo Award recipient)
- Wikipedia's list of Eagle Scouts - exhaustive and up to date.