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Poirier, Michael A.


Biographical Note: Michael A. Poirier

Michael A. Poirier served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1971.

Poirier was born in 1949 in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1967. During his time with the U.S. Navy from 1968-1971 he served in Guam, operating satellite radio navigation, and then as Quartermaster aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima. He was aboard the Iwo Jima when it recovered the fallen Apollo 13 command module on April 17, 1970.

After his military service, Poirier worked for 29 years with the King County Sheriff’s Department.

Biographical note derived from donor information.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Michael A. Poirier Apollo 13 Recovery Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2009-04-15
Contents of the Collection The Michael Poirier Apollo 13 Recovery Collection is a small collection comprised of film footage and photomechanical prints relating to the recovery of the Apollo 13 spacecraft by the USS Iwo Jima on April 17 1970. The film footage, which was shot by Poirier and is about ten minutes long, depicts both a SIMEX (simulation exercise) of the Apollo 13 recovery using a boilerplate Command Module (CM), as well as the actual recovery of the real CM. Several shots feature U.S. Navy...

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