Col Dean S. Hartley, Jr., USMC (ret.)



Born: August 3, 1920, Redland (Jesup), GA.
Died: March 19, 2010, Monroe, LA.

Married: Ruth Boyd, December 5, 1942 until her death March 7, 2002.

Children and Grandchildren:

Dean S. Hartley III [external link], wife Eileen O. Hartley

Theresa Hartley Nelson
Elise Hartley Henderson
    Caroline Henderson
    Clare Henderson
    Margaret Henderson

Patricia H. Partnow [external link]

Seth Partnow
    Reilly Partnow
    Bruce Partnow
Alix Partnow

Barbara M. Hartley [external link], husband Cloyde Wiley

Shannon Gatti McCarthy
    Luke McCarthy
    Claire McCarthy
Erica Gatti Sturgis
    Gwendolyn Sturgis
    Greta Sturgis
Matthew Gatti

Dean S. Hartley, Jr. - Dec 2002

Ruth and Dean Hartley


ROTC at Wofford College, completed 1941
Enlisted seaman second class, V-5, June 6, 1941
2ndLt, July 21, 1941
Marine Fighting Squadron-224 (VMF-224), Guadalcanal (Cactus) 1942
Marine Fighting Squadron-225 (VMF-225), Marianas
Asst. G-1 AirFMFPac
Asst. G-1 1st Marine Division (cross training two years)
Air Field Operations Officer, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miami, FL
Commanding Officer Marine Air Maintenance Squadron-33 (MAMS-33), Korea
Commanding Officer Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-115 (VMFA-115), Korea
Commanding Officer Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment (MARTD) Niagara Falls, NY
Head, Enlisted Detail Branch, Headquarters (HQ) USMC
Commanding Officer, Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-352 (VMGR-352)
Asst. C/S Wing Comptroller
Deputy Head and Head, Naval Warfare Course, Naval War College
Director, Marine Corps Extension School
Retired February 28, 1971


Distinguished Flying Cross with one gold star
Air Medal with eight gold stars
Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"
Presidential Unit Citation, 1st Division Guadalcanal
Navy Unit Commendation
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three stars
Victory Medal WW II
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal with one star
United Nations Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Letter of Appreciation (2)

Credited with 4 1/2 air combat kills at Guadalcanal

Dress Blues on display at the Chenault Aviation & Military Museum, Monroe, LA.


See more details, including pictures of airplanes flown in Military Service.  See also Time of the Aces: Marine Pilots in the Solomons, 1942-1944, photograph on page 2, Commander Peter B. Mersky, Marine Corps Historical Center, 1993, and the electronic version at the Naval Postgraduate School website [external].



A.B., chemistry, Wofford College [external link], 1941.
M.A., business & education, Stanford [external link], 1951.


Jet Refresher Course, El Toro, CA (3 wks) 1963
GV-1 Pilots FA, Crs (3 wks) 1961
Naval War College, Newport, RI, (43 wks) 1961
Amphibious Warfare School MCS, Quantico, VA, (20 wks) 1955
Nuclear Weapons School, Sandia Base, NM, (4 wks) 1952
Stanford University (PA&TrngCrs), Monterey, CA, (52 wks) 1951
1st MAIS MCS (Junior Course), Quantico, VA, (16 wks) 1945
Naval Flight School, Jacksonville/Miami, FL, (36 wks) 1942


Deputy Head and Head, Naval Warfare Course, Naval War College, Newport, RI: 1964-1969

Director Marine Corps Extension School, Quantico, VA: 1969-1971

Department Head and Associate Professor of Aviation, Northeast Louisiana University (renamed University of Louisiana at Monroe [external link]), Monroe, LA: 1971-1988.


Col Hartley began sculpting and painting in high school and has continued throughout his life. His work is shown in the Artist page.


Col Hartley began collecting oriental art with three Japanese swords, collected during World War II. Since that time, he has collected swords, cloisonne, porcelain, pottery, armor, netsuke, prints, and other oriental art. He is considered by many to be an authority on the subject.

He is a Past President of the Japanese Sword Society of the US (JSSUS) [external link], Past President of the Southern California Sword Society (Nanka Token Kai) [external link], Sensei and Honorary Life Member of the Florida Token Kai [external link], and a member of the Dallas Token Kenkyu Kai.


Museum Exhibits

Subject of Articles

He has also been the subject of articles on oriental art:


Obituary and other memorial information.



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