Adolphus Staton

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Adolphus Staton
Adolphus Staton USNA.jpg
Staton as a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman
Born (1879-08-28)August 28, 1879
Tarboro, North Carolina
Died June 4, 1964(1964-06-04) (aged 84)
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1902–1947
Rank Rear Admiral
Awards Medal of Honor
Navy Cross

Adolphus Staton (August 28, 1879 – June 4, 1964) was born in Tarboro, North Carolina, and died in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1902.[1]

He received the Medal of Honor for actions at the United States occupation of Veracruz, 1914.[2][3] Staton was awarded the Navy Cross in World War I for his actions when his ship, the Mount Vernon, was torpedoed. He served in World War II, and retired from the military in 1947. He worked in Naval Intelligence and attended the Naval War College and Army War College in addition to earning a law degree from George Washington University Law School. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[4]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Lieutenant Organization: U.S. Navy Born:28 August 1879, Tarboro, N.C. Accredited to: North Carolina Place/Date: Vera Cruz, Mexico, 22 April 1914


For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914; was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22d and in the final occupation of the city.[5]


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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients". United States Naval Academy. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)". United States Army Center of Military History. Archived from the original on 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  3. ^ "USNA Medal of Honor Recipients". United States Naval Academy. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Adolphus Staton". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Lieutenant Staton, Adolphus". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 

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