US Mountain Ranger Association

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Dean Knox

Dean W. Knox was born 28 January 28, 1938, in Prosser, Washington. He graduated from Washington State University in 1960 through the ROTC program with a degree in education. He received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the army right after college.

Dean served 24 years, rising in rank to LTC until his retirement in 1984. He served in South Dakota, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, twice in Korea, and twice in Viet Nam. In addition to the Ranger Tab, master parachutist, and CIB, he received Bronze Star with V & 2 Oak Leaves clusters, Air Medal, Defense Meritorious, and the Legion of Merit Medal.

He always felt that the medals were not nearly as important as his guys. He was a Ranger, a Paratrooper, a member of the 1st Cavalry Division, and was CO of the 2nd of the 12th in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. At one point in his career, while stationed at the Florida Camp, he was the CO and a Ranger Instructor.

Upon retiring from the Army, Dean moved to Anchorage, Alaska.

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