FRANK H. DEAN, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank Dean, Jr. '43

Date of birth: January 17, 1922

Date of death: September 7, 1945

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Find A Grave:

published in Our Town, (Narberth, PA) on September 13, 1945 ( https://archive.org/details/OurTownNarberthPA19450913 ):

Wynnewood Man Killed in Crash

Lt Frank Dean, Jr., Dies as Plane Crashes In California

Lieutenant Frank H. Dean, Jr., was killed when a Corsair fighter plane he was piloting crashed on Friday near San Diego, Cal.

The plane crashed in a residential district just East of San Diego's city limits. It demolished two garages, sheared off part of a house and then continued 500 yards across a canyon, struck an embankment and exploded. No one was injured in the house.

Lt. Dean, 23, was graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Long Beach, California, and the U. S. Naval Academy, Class of 1943. Following graduation from the Academy he served on a P-T boat in New Guinea for 16 months and was awarded the Silver Star after his boat destroyed 10 Japanese landing barges on July 20, 1943. He returned to the United States in March, 1944, for training as a flier.

Lt. Dean's father. Captain Frank H. Dean, is a Naval officer on duty at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He is also survived by his mother, a sister, Mrs. Guy C. Leavitt, who married one of Frank Jr.'s classmates, and a brother, Richard.

Frank is mentioned in At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy by Robert J. Bulkley as the CO of PT 114 in 1943.

He was on an area familiarization flight with Bombing Fighting Squadron (VBF) 152 when he crashed.


Class of 1943

Frank is one of 79 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.