Donald Kent Slayton
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Donald Kent Slayton (1924 - 1993)

Maj Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton
Born in Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 8 Oct 1983 in Galveston, Texas, USAmap
[children unknown]
Died in League City, Galveston, Texas, USAmap
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Preceded by
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Chief of the Astronaut Office
September 1, 1962 – November 1963
Succeeded by
Alan Shepard

Biography

Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton (March 1, 1924 – June 13, 1993), (Major, USAF) 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.

Father: Chas S Slayton
Mother: Victoria A Larson[1]

1924 Born in Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin, USA.
1942 Entered the United States Army Air Force. During his Air Force career, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Distinguished
Flying
Cross
Air
Medal
1949 Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Minnesota.
1951 Recalled to active duty with the Minnesota Air National Guard.
1955 Married Marjorie Colleen Lunney (to 1983).[2]
1957 Son Kent Sherman Slayton is born.
1959 Selected by NASA in Astronaut Group 1. [3]
1962 Grounded by an irregular heart rhythm.
1963 Resigned from the US Air Force.
1965 Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, his first of 5. [4]
NASA
Distinguished
Service
1966 Director of Flight Crew Operations at NASA.
1969 Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal his second of 5, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. [4]
NASA
Distinguished
Service
NASA
Exceptional
Service
1972 Returned to full flight status.
1975 Flew on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project with Vance Brand and Tom Stafford. Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, his third of 5. [4]
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Apollo-Soyuz
Test Project
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1982 Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal his fourth of 5. [4]
NASA
Distinguished
Service
1984 Co-founder of Mercury Seven Foundation, fore-runner of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and its United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. [5]
1990 Inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame[6]
1993 Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, his fifth of 5. [4]
NASA
Distinguished
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1978 Awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. [4]
1981 Awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. [4]
1980 Retired from NASA.
1983 Married Bobbie Belle Jones.
1993 Died in League City, Galveston, Texas, USA.
2010 Wife Bobbie Belle Jones Slayton died.

Sources

  1. "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," Ancestry.com.Ancestry Record 60901 #41630480
  2. "Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2011," Ancestry.com.Ancestry Record 8794 #508212076
  3. Wikipedia List of Astronauts, by Year
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Agency Awards Historical Recipient List
  5. Astronaut Scholarship History
  6. Hall of Fame Bio.

See also:

  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9SW-M12 : accessed 13 January 2017), Donald Slayton in household of Charles Slayton, Leon, Monroe, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 14, sheet 6B, line 64, family 116, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2601; FHL microfilm 2,342,335.
  • "Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2010," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYFV-RV3 : 12 December 2014), Donald K Slayton and Marjory Slayton, 11 Jul 1983; from "Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2011," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2005); citing Harris, Texas, United States, certificate number 048556, Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • "Texas Marriages, 1966-2010," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VY3S-S2P : 6 December 2014), Donald K Slayton and Bobbie Jones, 08 Oct 1983; citing Galveston, Texas, United States, certificate number 147289, Vital Statistics Unit, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin.
  • "Texas Death Index, 1964-1998," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JVL6-RYS : 5 December 2014), Donald Kent Slayton, Galveston, Texas, United States; citing Department of State Health Services, Austin.
  • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J1XR-5PJ : 20 May 2014), Donald K Slayton, 13 Jun 1993; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
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