This collection consists of material belonging to Lt. Col. Kenneth V. Deans when he was working as a safety officer on missile projects with at the White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico, and at Fort Bliss, Texas. This collection consists of 1.25 cubic feet of photography, technical manuals, drawings, lectures, and related documentation related to the following missiles launched at White Sands, New Mexico: V-2 (A-4) Missile; Loon Missile (JB-2, KUW-1, LTV-2, MX-544); Redstone Missile (Major, URSA, SSM-G-14, SSM-A-14, PGM-11, Hermes C-1); and the Corporal Missile (XM4E1, XSSM-A-17, SSM-A-17). The collection also features material on the 1st AAA Guided Missile Battalion.
Biographical / Historical:
Lt. Col. Kenneth V. Deans (1912-2010) was born and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Deans attended the University of St. Thomas and in 1939, joined the Army. In 1941, he was transferred to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and was present during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Deans served out the war in the Pacific Theater, and in 1945, he was transferred to Fort Bliss/White Sands, New Mexico, to work on rocket development. From 1946-1949, Deans served in Germany, before returning stateside to service in New Jersey and Arlington, Virginia. In 1952, Deans was transferred back to White Sands and in 1955 he was transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 76 Field Artillery Battalion. Following retirement from the Army, he took a position at Control Data in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dennis Peterson and Nancy Deans, Gift, 2012
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