Herbert Arthur "Bert" Dargue was a career officer in the United States Army, reaching the rank of major general in the Army Air Forces. He was a pioneer military aviator and one of the first ten recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Dargue was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1886 and entered the United States Military Academy on June 15, 1907, he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps. In March 1913, while stationed in the Philippines, he was trained to fly by 1st Lt. Frank Purdy Lahm, was detailed to the Aviation Section, U. S. Signal Corps on July 23, 1914, as the sole rated pilot in the Philippines. On December 16, 1914, he flew a Burgess Model I seaplane with 1st Lt. Joseph O. Mauborgne of the Signal Corps as his radio operator, making the first two-way communication by radio telegraphy between a ground station and an airplane in flight; the next month he crashed his airplane into San Jose Bay off Corregidor, temporarily ending aviation in the Philippines, was sent back to the Signal Corps Aviation School at North Field, San Diego, California.
From March to July 1916, he was a member of the 1st Aero Squadron when it supported the Pancho Villa Expedition in Mexico. In 1926 he aided in drafting the legislation that became the Air Corps Act, which led to the establishment of the United States Army Air Corps. From December 21, 1926 to May 2, 1927, Dargue led the U. S. Army Pan American Flight, a public relations goodwill mission to promote U. S. aviation in South America. Flying five Loening OA-1A seaplanes, each named for an American city, Capt. Ira Clarence Eaker, eight other Army aviators traveled 22,000 miles in 59 flight days, stopping at 72 cities along the route; the ten airmen, two of whom died in an accident on February 26, 1927, during the mission, were awarded certificates for first awards of the newly created Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1934, he became the assistant commander of the Air Corps Tactical School. From 1938 to 1940, he commanded the 19th Composite Wing in the Panama Canal Zone, he returned to the United States in 1940 to become Assistant Chief of the Army Air Corps.
The following year, he took command of the First Air Force. In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Henry Stimson chose Dargue to lead the investigation of why the United States had been unprepared for the attack, placed him in command of the US Army units there. However, while flying from Mitchel Field to Hawaii to take his new post, Dargue's B-18 crashed in the Sierra Nevada mountains, outside Bishop, he was killed; the wreckage of the plane was not found for five months. Dargue was the first Army General to die on duty during World War II, he was posthumously decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal in 1942. Dargue's son Donald Dargue was a military aviator, piloting a B-17 bomber over Germany and becoming part of Strategic Air Command. Herbert Dargue at Arlington National Cemetery Herbert Dargue at National Aviation Hall of Fame
David Michael Staton, better known as Mick Staton was an American politician. He was a Republican from West Virginia. Staton was born in a city in Wood County, West Virginia, he was a 1958 graduate of Parkersburg High School. He studied at Concord College in Athens, West Virginia, from 1961 until 1963. From 1957 to 1965, he served in the Army National Guard. Staton served as the data processing manager and vice president at Kanawha Valley Bank in Charleston, where he worked from 1972 until 1980. Staton was active in West Virginia's Republican Party, he served as State Republican Conventions delegate in 1976 and 1980 and was a delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention. He was unsuccessful in his first bid for Congress, in 1978, when he lost to longtime 3rd Congressional District incumbent John M. Slack, Jr.. However, Staton was elected to the House of Representatives from the district in 1980, when he defeated democratic incumbent Democrat John G. Hutchinson, elected in the special election after Slack's death.
Staton served in the House for a single term. He was defeated for re-election in 1982 by future Governor Bob Wise. After losing his seat in the House of Representatives, Staton served as chief political advisor of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce from 1984 until 1990. Staton served as an elector for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in 2012. Staton died on April 2014 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Virginia. Prior to his death, he resided in West Virginia. United States Congress. "Mick Staton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Appearances on C-SPAN