Ray O. Dean
B Division
USS West Virginia

September 6, 2003

To whom it may concern: I work part time as a tour guide on the USS Missouri, anchored in Pearl Harbor. This past Monday (Aug 4th), I had the pleasure of meeting a former West Virginia crew member (Ray Dean) and conducting him and his family and friends on a tour of the Missouri. For me personally, it was distinct honor to make his acquaintance and learn from his experiences. He had been a boiler tech while aboard the West Virginia. He was very gracious in sharing his knowledge vis-a-vis boiler operation on these grand old ships. For that, I will be eternally grateful and look fwd to passing the knowledge on in order to preserve the history of The Dreadnaughts. Thanx again Ray. You will be remembered on "The Big Mo".

Karl Backman
CMsgt, USAF, Ret

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