Bob Dean was a twenty-year-old rising senior at Cornell in 1950. When the Korean War started that summer, he was training with his ROTC class at Fort Bragg.
“I recall for the early part of the training, we had a heck of a good time,” said Dean, now 88. “We did not take it seriously.”
Dean was learning the basics of artillery leadership, including aerial observation. He was delighted to be the first in his class selected to go up in a small plane over the ranges to practice adjusting artillery fire from the air.
It was his very first plane ride.