As a 10-Year-Old, He Played an Unexpected Role in Apollo 11

Recorded July 29, 2019 Archived July 29, 2019 02:49 minutes
Id: APP650491


In July 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft was on its way to the Moon — carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

Back on Earth, 10-year-old Greg Force was dreaming of going to space himself one day.

Greg’s father, Charles Force, worked on the Apollo missions. The family lived on Guam, home to a massive antenna that connected the astronauts to Mission Control.

At 60 years old, Greg came to StoryCorps with his 17-year-old daughter, Abby, to remember the little-known role he played in the success of that historic mission.


  • Abby Force
  • Greg Force

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