CPT Alton "Alex" Alexander Dean was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/01/1976 at the age of 34.6 (Exact date not known.) from Suicide
Flight Classes 68-7 and 68-5
Date of Birth 07/27/1941
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 180 ASHC in 69-71
This information was provided by Larson Dean-Biehl

More detail on this person: My father Alton (Alex)Alexander Dean, Jr. was not killed in Vietnam. He committed suicide (assumably due to PTSD) about 5 years after he returned. I was three years old. Recently my brother (2yrs younger than I) and I have been trying to discover more about this man we never had the opportuninty to know. Can your service help us even though he was not killed in Vietnam? If in case yes, let me give you what information that I do have about him.

He was attatched to the 180th Assault Helicopter Support Division from sometime in 1969 to sometime in early 1971. (this would make his commanding officer LTC Francis Worth. He attended flight school in Ft. Wolters, TX and graduated with class 68-7 a-1. He rank at time of discharge was (I believe Captain). During his actual time in Vietnam he was an Lt. We do know that he received several medals(Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross) just to name two. He was involved in several resue missions which he had received several awards for (I am unsure about specifics on these I am still waiting for records from NARA.)

Larson Dean-Biehl

I knew Alex Dean, though not in Vietnam. We served together in the 349th Avn Co flying Ch34's at Ansbach, Germany between Vietnam tours. Great guy, excellent pilot. Always had a smile on his face, and he never met a person that was not his friend. I would be happy to relate what I remember about Alex outside of Vietnam if his sons are interested.

From: Gene Howe

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