Dean M. Wiegand

Date of Birth: 08/16/1949
Neighborhood: Kensington
High School: Jules E. Mastbaum Vocational High School
Street: G Street
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: SGT
Date of Casualty: 08/21/1970
Province of Casualty:
Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 33
Panel Row: 3

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Ar "If playing basketball was bad. then he was bad, because that's all be ever did," said his stepfather. Wiegand was a center on the Mastbauin Vocational High School teams in the mid-1960s and was a Bulletin scholar-athlete in 1966. He graduated in 1967 and enrolled at Temple University. where he played on the freshman basketball team. He took off a semester following a bad ankle sprain between his freshman and sophomore years, thinking that at 6foot-7 be was too tall to be drafted. Military doctors thought otherwise, and approved him for the draft in May 1969 after they measured him at 6-foot-6. Wiegand was sent to Vietnam in April 1970 and was a squad leader in Company A of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade. The 21-year-old sergeant died Aug. 21, 1970. In addition to his stepfather, he was survived by his mother.

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