At 82, Dean loves to
come to work at BVM. Every workday at 8am for the past 15 years,
Dean has greeted us with a smile and a friendly "Good Morning".
At 18, Dean
was engaged in the "Battle of the Bulge" in the closing
months of WWII.
As a member of the 7th Armored Infantry, their mission was to clear out
the last of the German Army from a wooded location in the Rhein Valley,
Germany. Dean, single handedly and without concern for his own
safety, crept up to a machine gun emplacement, specifically to draw fire
from the enemy. This alerted his fellow marksmen of the exact
location of the gun emplacement so that it could be taken out, and it
Dean is very
reserved about telling the details of his heroism, but on our trip to
visit the magnificent WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. in June 08, and
after 15 years of friendship, he finally shared this and a few other
stories from that part of his life.
his service in the Army, Dean continued his civilian education and had a
career as a Commercial Art Director.
in Model Aviation and furniture making lead him to his semi-retirement
position at BVM, and we are sure lucky that he found us.
honored to be able to take Dean to the Memorial in Washington, D.C..
Another friend and
modeler, Kemp Gallineau, a Senior V.P. of the Gaylord Entertainment Company arranged for the splendid accommodations
at the brand new Gaylord National Harbor Resort on the Potomac River.