Dayton joined the Navy in 1999 to continue a family tradition of military service dating back to the Civil War. Inspired by the movie, “The Hunt for Red October,” he chose the submarine service earning him the nickname ‘Bubblehead.’ He served aboard USS Topeka (SSN 754) before transferring to USS Emory S. Land (AD39), where his accident occurred. Sports have played a large part of Dayton’s life; he has been active in track and field, wrestling, and soccer. He was invited to be a part of the U.S. Navy Marksmanship Team on the .45 pistol. He was also awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for time and efforts with Habitat for Humanity and Washington Explorer and Search and Rescue.

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Michael Dayton

Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class

Age: 32

Current Command/Position: USS Ohio (SSGN 726), LPO Auxiliary Division

Current Hometown: Bremerton, Wash.

Disability: Burns, sustained in a shipboard accident March 2007