The son of a doctor, Adolphus Staton first attended Virginia Military Institute for his advanced education. He then transferred to the US Naval Academy where he graduated in 1902. In 1915, Staton was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for “gallantry and distinguished conduct in battle” during the Battle of Vera Cruz. Just five years later, he was awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery in battle in WWI. He later attended George Washington University Law School where he earned his L.L.B. in 1917. In the late 1920’s he served as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation and retired in 1937 as a Rear Admiral. Staton died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Inducted into Hall of Fame 2010