Marvin Clyde Clayton was born in Madisonville, Kentucky, on July 7, 1911, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Clayton. He entered the US Naval Academy as Midshipman from Kentucky on June 18, 1931. He was graduated on June 4, 1936. On March 24, 1943, he was appointed Lieutenant (jg) in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and on November 28, 1945, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He began his active service in July 1943 in the Office of Procurement and Material, Navy Department, Washington, DC in January 1944 he reported to the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, where he had duty until May 1945 in connection with the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit. In June 1945 he reported to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, to assist in setting up an NROTC until there. He served as Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the activity until released from active duty in July 1946.
Recalled to active military service in June 1951, he has been on duty since that time in the Office of the Supervising Inspector of Naval Material, Chicago, Illinois.
Lieutenant Commander Clayton has the American Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory II Medal.