Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection
Oral history.; John D. Dean was born in 1916, in Bond, Mississippi. His family moved to Gulfport during the Depression. At the age of sixteen, Mr. Dean began working for $1 a day cutting paper wood to help support his family. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Mr. Dean registered for the draft, and he was called up to service in 1942. He was shipped to Europe in the 953rd Quartermasters. During the war, Mr. Dean worked as a cook in the United States Army. After his discharge from the Army, Mr. Dean returned to Mississippi. Mr. Dean was hired as a janitor at Scott Field Air Base. He was promoted to a supervisory position, transferred to Keesler Air Force Base, and retired in 1981.