SUNY Erie Community College will welcome Retired Naval
Captain Bruce Johnson for a special presentation celebrating his role in the
1969 Apollo 11 moon landing on Thursday, October 24 at 7:15 p.m. at the SUNY
Erie City Campus in the Minnie Gillette Auditorium located at 121 Ellicott
Street in Buffalo.
Splashdown: The Recovery will detail Captain Johnson’s
first-hand account of the recovery mission of Apollo 11’s command module
Columbia once it splashed down in the central Pacific Ocean. A naval aviator and
the co-pilot of the Apollo 11 recovery helicopter, Captain Johnson will share
the triumph of ensuring astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz
Aldrin completed their momentous voyage.
SUNY Erie President Dr. Dan Hocoy said the College is
excited to host someone who played such a pivotal role in American history.
“Captain Johnson’s story is a compelling tale of bravery and American pride
during a time the country was breathing a collective sigh of relief in
welcoming home the astronauts,” Hocoy said. “We are proud to offer an
opportunity like this to our students and the community.”
This event is free and open to the public. Questions can be
directed to the Office of Marketing and Communications at 851-1866.