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William F. Dean
Birth: Aug. 1, 1899
Carlyle
Clinton County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1981
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

United States Army General, Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served during the Korean War as a Major General and commander of the United States Army's 24th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Taejon, Korea, on July 20 and 21, 1950. His citation reads "Maj. Gen. Dean distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the repeated risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. In command of a unit suddenly relieved from occupation duties in Japan and as yet untried in combat, faced with a ruthless and determined enemy, highly trained and overwhelmingly superior in numbers, he felt it his duty to take action which to a man of his military experience and knowledge was clearly apt to result in his death. He personally and alone attacked an enemy tank while armed only with a hand grenade. He also directed the fire of his tanks from an exposed position with neither cover nor concealment while under observed artillery and small-arm fire. When the town of Taejon was finally overrun he refused to insure his own safety by leaving with the leading elements but remained behind organizing his retreating forces, directing stragglers, and was last seen assisting the wounded to a place of safety. These actions indicate that Maj. Gen. Dean felt it necessary to sustain the courage and resolution of his troops by examples of excessive gallantry committed always at the threatened portions of his frontlines. The magnificent response of his unit to this willing and cheerful sacrifice, made with full knowledge of its certain cost, is history. The success of this phase of the campaign is in large measure due to Maj. Gen. Dean's heroic leadership, courageous and loyal devotion to his men, and his complete disregard for personal safety". His Medal was awarded to him on February 16, 1951. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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  Mildred Dern Dean (1904 - 1988)*
 
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Burial:
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
 
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