Frank James Drayton, Jr.

Frank was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Detroit for one year before receiving a congressional appointment to the USNA.


Upon graduation Frank opted for Navy Air and received his wings of gold in Hutchison, Kansas after completing the multi engine flight-training program. He was assigned to Patrol Squadron Eighteen flying the P2V Neptune anti submarine patrol plane out of Jacksonville, Florida.


In 1961 Frank left the Navy and returned to the Detroit area where he worked for Vulcan Laboratories for several years. When he left Vulcan Labs he started his own business, Poseidon Corporation, which designed and made electronic control panels for assembly lines, primarily in the automotive industry. The business grew to 20 employees before Frank closed down the company in 1982. In 1982 Frank relocated to Heath, Ohio where he started a sign manufacturing business.


Frank died of heart failure in Heath, Ohio on 21 May 1986. Surviving family members include son Frank III, daughter Deborah Mikula, and six grandchildren, all residing in Michigan.