Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Luther Dean Stanford served in the US Navy from September, 1943 through July, 1944. His Tours of Duty: San Diego, CA, Norman, OK, Norfolk, VA, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was Killed in Action in a seaplane accident in Great Exuma, Bahama Islands, on July 1, 1944. He was posthumously awarded the following Medals: American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal.
Known as Dean, he was born August 27, 1925, in Electra, Wichita County, Texas. He was the third child of Arthur Glenn Stanford and Ronnie Emily Smith Stanford. His eyes were green, and his hair was black and curly. Dean had two older brothers, Glenn and Raymond, and a younger sister, Rama Beth. Arthur worked in the oil fields of Wichita County, and Emily was a homemaker. While Dean was in high school, he worked at the Electra Skating Rink as a floor bouncer. He enlisted in the Navy the day before his 18th birthday in 1943.
The photo below was taken in May of 1944 when he came home to visit his mother for Mother’s Day. He was KIA two months later.
Luther Dean Stanford is buried in the New Electra Cemetery, Electra, Wichita County, Texas.
-by Jeannie Magers Wesley
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