||Gunner's Mate, Third Class
||628 00 85
||September 11, 1923
||USS Tang (SS-306)
||October 25, 1944
||Formosa Strait near Turnabout Island
||Sunk by circular run of own torpedo
||Dean's brother, Earl, was also in the Navy. He was
a steam-fitter and
stationed in the Philippines at the
outbreak of the war. Earl was
captured when Corregador was
surrendered, survived the Bataan
Death March, and was held
as a Prisoner of War for three 1/2 years.
Earl had no idea
his brother was dead until his release from a
prisoner of war camp at the end of the war.
Dean also had some claim to fame as the first man to be
in a submerged submarine (during the fourth war
USS Seadragon (SS-194), submerged at 120í under the
Sea off the coast of Indochina in September
1942) at the hands of then
Pharmacist's Mate Wheeler B.
Lipes. It was then Deanís 19th
Lipes died of pancreatic cancer April 17, 2005.
When asked about Dean and the operation Mr. Lipes said, "I
thought he was the guy who had the courage. I've
`Would I have gotten up on that table and let
someone do the same
thing to me?' He was one of the most
courageous people I've ever met."
Photo courtesy of Darla Loyd, niece. Information and remarks by William Watkins, cousin.
Pre-WWII Post-WWII Sources
Rector, Darrel Dean