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List of Famous Order of the Turtle Members ranked by fame and popularity. The Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles is a drinking club for World War II pilots, who were looking for a way to relax between missions. The Turtles follow the creed “Turtles are bright eyed, bushy tailed, fearless and unafraid folk with a fighter pilot attitude. They think clean, have fun a lot, and recognize the fact that you never get any place in life worthwhile unless you stick your neck out.”

Who is the most famous member of the Order of the Turtle? President John F. Kennedy confirmed his membership to the world when a reporter asked him, “Are you a turtle?” Kennedy replied with the revealing response, “I'll buy you your drink later.” The proper answer to the question, “Are you a turtle?” is actually, “You bet your sweet ass I am.”

Astronauts Wally Schirra and Deke Slayton famously traded the question over worldwide broadcasts. Schirra turned off the open line radio to deliver the proper response and responded with “roger” on the main line. Slayton was a bit more bold with his answer as he openly gave the proper response on board the USS Kearsarge. Slayton's response was recalled in Tom Wolfe's famous book “The Right Stuff.”

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Order of the Turtles Members
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Major events during his presidency include the Bay of Pigs Invasion, ...more

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Age: Died at 46 (1917-1963)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Military Officer, Author, Writer

Credits: A Profile in Courage, The Sixties, The Age of Kennedy, Part I: The Early Years

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Wally Schirra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Order of the Turtles Members
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Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, America's first effort to put humans in space. He flew the six-orbit, nine-hour Mercury-Atlas 8 mission on October 3, ...more

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Age: Died at 84 (1923-2007)

Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Actor, United States Naval Aviator

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Deke Slayton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Order of the Turtles Members
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Donald Kent Slayton, better known as Deke Slayton, was an American World War II pilot, aeronautical engineer, test pilot who was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and became NASA's first Chief of the Astronaut Office. After joining NASA, Slayton was selected to pilot the ...more

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Age: Died at 69 (1924-1993)

Birthplace: Sparta, Wisconsin, United States of America

Profession: Astronaut, Fighter pilot

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Ed Buckbee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Order of the Turtles Members
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