President Nixon and Apollo 13 crewmen at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, USA, 18 April 1970. President Richard M. Nixon and the Apollo 13 crew pay their respects to the US flag during post-mission ceremonies. Astronauts James A. Lovell Jr., (United States Navy Captain, salutes the flag) commander; John L. Swigert Jr., command module pilot (right); and Fred W. Haise Jr., lunar module pilot (left), were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the Chief Executive. The Apollo 13 splashdown occurred at 12:07:44 p.m. (CST), April 17, 1970, about a day and a half prior to the award presentation.
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