Unknown Sailor

COX Lyle Bernard Dean

“Each duty done, they rest in peace” is inscribed between two markers at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Kingman, Kansas.

The stones honor the memory of brothers Lyle Bernard Dean and John Almon Dean, both killed in World War II.

Lyle was a coxswain and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. John, a cavalry sergeant, was killed May 7, 1945 in the battle of Luzon in the Philippines.

They were the sons of William Dean, a carpenter, and Effie Walck Dean, a homemaker and later a waitress.

Lyle was born in Kingman in central Kansas on Sept. 10, 1921, and graduated from the local high school in 1934. He enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 27, 1939. A memorial service for Mr. Dean and two other Kingman County men killed in the war was held in February 1942 at the school gymnasium.

Sources: The Hutchinson (Kansas) News; The Kingman Journal; The Leader-Courier of Kingman; Census; cemetery markers; Navy muster roll. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.
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