LT Thomas J. E. Crotty

09-1942

Thomas J. E. Crotty

Official Military Service was the Coast Guard.

LT Thomas J. E. Crotty was in the first class of the Navy's Mine Recovery School, graduating 22 August 1941. While attached to a Navy minesweeper in the Philippines he was captured by the Japenese and died 30 September 1942 of diphtheria in the Cabanatuan POW camp located in Nueva Ecija, Luzon, P.I.; he is buried in an unknown grave located outside of the camp.  

According to official records, LT Crotty was the only Coast Guardman to be a POW during WWII and the first since the War of 1812.

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