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Lt. Col. Kenneth V. Deans (1912-2010) was born and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Deans attended the University of St. Thomas and in 1939, joined the Army. In 1941, he was transferred to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and was present during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Deans served out the war in the Pacific Theater, and in 1945, he was transferred to Fort Bliss/White Sands, New Mexico, to work on rocket development. From 1946-1949, Deans served in Germany, before returning stateside to service in New Jersey and Arlington, Virginia. In 1952, Deans was transferred back to White Sands and in 1955 he was transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 76 Field Artillery Battalion. Following retirement from the Army, he took a position at Control Data in St. Paul, Minnesota.




bulk 1948-1959


Dennis Peterson and Nancy Deans, Gift, 2012


1.26 Cubic feet ((4 boxes))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Photographic prints




Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material belonging to Lt. Col. Kenneth V. Deans when he was working as a safety officer on missile projects with at the White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico, and at Fort Bliss, Texas. This collection consists of 1.25 cubic feet of photography, technical manuals, drawings, lectures, and related documentation related to the following missiles launched at White Sands, New Mexico: V-2 (A-4) Missile; Loon Missile (JB-2, KUW-1, LTV-2, MX-544); Redstone Missile (Major, URSA, SSM-G-14, SSM-A-14, PGM-11, Hermes C-1); and the Corporal Missile (XM4E1, XSSM-A-17, SSM-A-17). The collection also features material on the 1st AAA Guided Missile Battalion.


Photographic prints





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Topics V-2 rocket
Ballistic missiles
Loon Missile (JB-2, KUW-1, LTV-2, MX-544)
Redstone Missile (Major, URSA, SSM-G-14, SSM-A-14, PGM-11, Hermes C-1)
Corporal Missile (XM4E1, XSSM-A-17, SSM-A-17)


V-2 (A-4), Corporal, Loon, and Redstone PGM-11 Missile Testing Collection [Deans], Accession 2012-0035, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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