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.
Born in Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin, USA.
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
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Minnesota.
Recalled to active duty with the Minnesota Air National Guard.
"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.
"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).