Leon in Monroe County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Donald “Deke” Slayton
Slayton graduated from Sparta High School in 1941 and entered the United States Air Force. As a B-25 pilot during World War II, he flew 56 combat missions in Europe and 7 missions over Japan.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Slayton joined NASA. Deke became one of the Mercury astronauts in 1959 and later served as Director of Flight Crew Operations. In 1975, he made his first space flight as Apollo docking module pilot of the Apollo-Soyuz test project, which resulted in the first meeting in space between American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts.
Wisconsin Historical Society
Erected 2008 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 520.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 52.523′ N, 90° 49.726′ W. Marker is in Leon, Wisconsin, in Monroe County. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at the Leon Community Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20638 Jameson Road, Sparta WI 54656, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coulee Country (approx. 3½ miles away); The Driftless Area (approx. 4½ miles away); Monroe County Courthouse (approx. 4.8 miles away); U.S. Post Office (approx. 4.8 miles away); Masonic Lodge (approx. 4.8 miles away); Sparta Free Library (approx. 4.9 miles away); Civil War Cannon (approx. 5.3 miles away); Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Astronaut Bio: Deke Slayton. National Aeronautics and Space Administration website. (Submitted on June 20, 2011.)
2. Deke Slayton. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 20, 2011.)
Additional keywords. Donald Kent “Deke” Slayton
Categories. • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 558 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 20, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.