is retiring after serving for over 37 years. A native of Texas,
he joined the
Coast and Geodetic Survey as a deck officer in 1930 following
his graduation from A&M College of Texas. That same year,
J.P. Morgan's Yacht CORSAIR II joined the Coast and Geodetic
Survey's fleet and was renamed OCEANOGRAPHER; Captain Deane
was assigned aboard for training for 4 months. He was the
first commanding officer of the DISCOVERER, sister ship of
the new OCEANOGRAPHER, in 1967. He also had command of the
PIONEER in 1960-61, and altogether served aboard various ships
for over 17 years.
Captain Deane was transferred to the Army in 1944 and served
with the artillery in Europe, where he was awarded the Silver
Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart Medals. He returned to
the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1946, and was in charge of
the then Photogrammetric Office in Baltimore until early 1947.
He was District Officer in Baltimore in 1957-59, and in Boston
from 1962 to 1965. He is the author of a number of technical
papers on various aspects of surveying.
Corps Bulletin, 2/1/1968
Captain William F. Deane
was born September 29, 1908, in Palestine, Texas. He attended
A & M College of Texas where he graduated with a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Civil Engineering in May 1930. Following his
graduation, he was appointed as a Deck Officer on June 9, 1930,
and was commissioned as an Ensign on March 7, 1931.
his 37+ years career, Captain Deane was assigned to the following
ships: the OCEANOGRAPHER, NATOMA, MIKAWE, SURVEYOR, WESTDAHL,
FARIS, LYDONIA, SOSBEE, COWIE, PATHFINDER, EXPLORER, PIONEER
as Commanding Officer, and the DISCOVERER during construction
and as its first Commanding Officer. His other assignments
included: Wire Drag Party-Atlantic, tides party, triangulation
party, liaison officer at Ft. Sill Artillery School and as
the District Officer in Boston, Massachusetts.
Deane was transferred to the jurisdiction of the War Department
on January 21, 1944. He was awarded the purple heart for wounds
received in action against the enemy on April 7, 1945, in
the vicinity of Schellenburg, Germany. He was also awarded
the Bronze Star Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World
War II Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern
Campaign Medal with three Bronze Battle Stars and the Army
of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp. He was transferred
back to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey on June 15, 1956.
Captain Deane is survived by his wife, Eleanor Webb Deane
and two daughters.
Corps Bulletin, 1/1/1987