Leo Martin Crowe

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  • Name: Leo Martin Crowe
  • Location of Birth: Johnson County, Kansas
  • Date of Birth: September 17, 1923
  • Date of Death: December 13, 1944 (21 years old)
  • Parents: Malachi Crowe and Alice (Caparoon) Crowe
  • High School and Class: 1942 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: RM3C (Radioman Third Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: 1942
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  • Date of Discharge:
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  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    1942 Farragut, Idaho
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  • Military Highlights:
    Information from news article in Grand Rapids Herald Review, dated January 10, 1945:

    Leo Crowe of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, radioman third class in the United States Navy, died of wounds received in action in the South Pacific.

    His mother, Mrs. Alice Crowe, received an official government message on Wednesday evening telling of her son's death.

    Leo enlisted in the Navy shortly after high school graduation.

    He had been overseas for the past year and a half.


    Information from USS Nashville, Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center:

    Leo served on the USS Nashville and was killed in action on December 13, 1944. While enroute to the invasion of Mindoro in the Philippines on December 13, 1944, the USS Nashville was hit by a suicide plane, losing more than 130 of her crew and suffering serious fire damage amidships.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:
    Killed in Action

  • Civilian Life:
    Members of the family are his mother, five sisters and three brothers. The sisters are Mrs. Margaret (Donald) Larsen, Mrs. Alice (Vincent) Saleture, Mrs. Daisy (Clifford) Moore, Mrs. W. W. Reilly, and Marie Crowe. The brothers are Joe, James and John

    Leo is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-B-31-3-2)

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