Chaplain Dean Chastain

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Chaplain Dean Chastain

Postby John Foster » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:54 pm

I am sorry to announce the passing of 2/9 Battalion Chaplain Dean Chastain on December 16, just 2 days before his 80th birthday. I had the pleasure of having lunch with Dean and his wife JoAnn on December 5 along with Col and Mrs. Mel Horowitz and 1stSgt and Mrs. Jack McDowell. Both were with Golf 2/9. Dean and Mel were both wounded on the same day during Operation Kingfisher on July, 1967. Chaplain Chastain was hit with mortar fire. After being treated by a Corpsman, he was strapped in on top of a tank where he got hit again by what was probably an AK-47. Dean was eventually sent to the Great Lakes Naval Hospital where he spent 5 months for reconstructive surgery and rehab. The Chaplain separated from the Navy in late 1969. Dean Chastain has had a wonderful career and a wonderful life. He will surely be missed and definitely not forgotten.

Gunny John
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