WWII Marine ace Dean Caswell dies

Dean Caswell, the last Marine Corps fighter pilot ace of World War II, died Wednesday at his Austin home. He is 100 years old.

Caswell enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1942 and served 3 times in 30 years: in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the 1940s, the Korean War in the early 1950s, and the Vietnam War in the ❜60s. Born in California, Caswell moved to Edinburgh in 1922 so his parents could work as entomologists in the Rio Grande Valley. Before applying for Navy flight training in 1941, he made butter and ice cream at a creamery for $35 a week.

He hitchhiked to Los Angeles two weeks before the Japanese aircraft carrier pilot attacked U.S. troops in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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