Sixty one years after serving his country in World War Two, Bill Dean received his medals for service to our country. During his thirty-one years in professional Scouting, Dean had presented many awards and medals. That's why it seemed strange to him to be receiving rather than presenting them But the presentation did serve to remind Dean of his pride in serving his country.
Dean went into the Army's 283rd Engineers Combat Battalion at the age of eighteen. Building bridges throughout Germany, the Battalion enabled Allied soldiers to quickly move through Germany. While Dean rarely fought with his rifle, it was that very rifle that saved his life. While riding in the back of a truck, Dean placed his rifle in a holder above the cab. The sight of the rifle caught and broke a wire that had been strung at just the right height to decapatate soldiers riding in the truck.