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William F. Deane is retiring after serving for over 37 years. A native of Texas, he joined william f. deanethe 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.


ESSA 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.

During 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.

Captain 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.


NOAA Corps Bulletin, 1/1/1987

 

 


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