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Deke Slayton

Deke SlaytonAKA Donald Kent Slayton

Born: 1-Mar-1924
Birthplace: Sparta, WI
Died: 13-Jun-1993
Location of death: League City, TX
Cause of death: Cancer - Brain
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at family farm in Wisconsin)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronaut

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Original Mercury 7 astronaut

Military service: US Army Air Corps (1942-46, WWII); Minnesota Air National Guard (1951-)

Chosen as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, an irregular heartbeat grounded him and he was replaced by Scott Carpenter. Later the condition remissed and he served on the Apollo-Soyuz linkup, July 15-24, 1975.

Father: Charles Sherman Slayton
Mother: Victoria Adelia Larson
Sister: Marie Madsen
Sister: Beverly Schlenz
Brother: Dick
Brother: Elwood
Wife: Marjorie Lunney (m. 15-May-1955, div. 1983, d.)
Son: Kent Sherman Slayton (b. 8-Apr-1957)
Wife: Bobbie Osborn (m. 8-Oct-1983)

    High School: Sparta High School, Sparta, WI (1942)
    University: BS Aeronautical Engineering, University of Minnesota (1949)

    Boeing Engineer (1949-51)
    American Astronautical Society Fellow
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Association of Space Explorers
    Fraternal Order of Eagles
    Experimental Aircraft Association
    International Formula Air Racing
    National Air Racing Group
    National Rifle Association
    Order of Daedalians
    Society of Experimental Test Pilots
    Space Pioneers
    U.S. Air Racing Association
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    National Aviation Hall of Fame 1996
    Traveled to the USSR Sep-1975
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Hernia

Author of books:
Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon (1994, with Alan Shepard)
Deke! U.S. Manned Space: From Mercury to the Shuttle (1994, with Michael Cassuet)


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