Ambassador Spotlight: Dean Krance

A “Question and Answer” Session with Long-Time Resurrecting Lives Foundation Ambassador and Supporter, Dean Krance of Amvets Post 26.

  1. Tell us about your military service. A few years after high school, two of my very best friends entered the military. Despite being in an age where men did not want to serve or be drafted, I had a feeling of not wanting to miss out on the experiences my two friends were about to have. My dad was a highly decorated Purple Heart recipient from his European combat service in WWII. This instilled in me a feeling of wanting to test my own mind and see if I too could make the grade. So, on July 12, 1972, I volunteered for the draft for a two-year period. I was a big guy and had to lose 75 lbs. in order to be accepted. But I made it and soon thereafter found myself on a bus to Ft. Knox, Ky, for basic training. After basic, I was on another bus to Ft. Lee, Virginia for Quartermaster school. Finally, in January of 1973, I was assigned to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for an eighteen-month duty station.
  2. What is your most vivid military memory? During my discharge on Friday, July 1974, my roommate turned off the alarm clock, and I missed my flight from El Paso, Texas which was at 6AM. After scrambling around, I was able to get another flight out at noon. My Aunt and cousin, who were to pick me up in Bismark, North Dakota at noon, had to wait until 10PM.
  3. Was TBI a topic that was discussed when you served? No, TBI wasn’t heard of back then.
  4. Tell us about your experience serving as a Richland County Veteran Service Office Commissioner. Originally, I was approached to fill out the remainder of a 5-year term due to a death on the Commission. I was the first Vietnam era veteran appointed to the Commission. I am now in my 23rd year serving and have spent 18 of that as the Commission Secretary. Additionally, I have been the District 2 President twice for the Ohio State Association of Veterans Service Commissioners.
  5. You are a long-time member of Amvets Post 26. What should anyone thinking about joining their local VSO know? Amvets Post 26 is the largest Veterans Post in Richland County, both in size and membership. We have 4 groups that comprise our post: Amvets, Auxiliary, Sons, and Riders. We work together sharing and hosting events and projects. I think any discharged veteran should belong to at least one veteran’s organization, if for nothing else, to receive updated information on news and benefits that may be coming to them!
  6. What people may not know is that you are a locally famous musician! How long have you been playing the drums? I am a self-taught musician. At the age of 14, I took 6 snare drum lessons. I soon wanted to play a whole kit but my teacher told me I had to take 3 years of snare lessons, to which I responded “I can’t wait that long!”. After he told me that I would never amount to any kind of a drummer, I spent the next year practicing on barstools, beer cases and wire hangers as cymbals. The first check I ever wrote was for used drum kit for $100. In1975 I started playing in bands and just retired a few years ago, although I occasionally sit in with friends’ bands. One year for a Resurrecting Lives Foundation fundraiser, I put together an “All Star R&B Revue”, which backed the Soul Men, at Amvets Post 26. I still attend open stage jam nights on occasion!

Dean is also the American Legion Dept. of Ohio Golf Chairman, Secretary, Past Post16 Commander and much, much more!

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