This placed him in rotation for Apollo 13, but his crew was switched to Apollo 14 so that Commander Alan Shepard, who had been grounded by a medical problem since the Gemini program, could train longer.
During the Apollo 13 crisis, Mitchell was a part of the Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team and as such was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard M. He worked in an Apollo simulator to help bring the crew back.
At the time, the road to Laredo was essentially two ruts in the dirt with room only for one-way traffic. They were in-laws of State Representative Honoré Ligarde of Laredo, who was married to their daughter, Betty Jo, from 1946 until her death in 1973.
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He enjoyed handball, tennis, and swimming, and his hobbies included scuba diving and soaring. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University in 1952. While on active duty in the Navy, he earned a second bachelor's degree in aeronautics from the U. In May 1953, after completing instruction at the Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island, he was commissioned an Ensign.
He completed flight training in July 1954 at Hutchinson, Kansas, was designated as a Naval Aviator and was subsequently assigned to Patrol Squadron 29 (VP-29) flying land-based patrol planes, deployed to Okinawa.
Neel, Sr., kept the name "Henry Abstract", soon added other competitor companies to his operation, and opened a new modern office at 1219 Washington Street on December 21, 1956.
At the age of ten, Neel became a delivery boy for the company.