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William James Crowe , Jr.

Date of birth: January 2, 1925
Date of death: October 18, 2007
Burial location: Annapolis, Maryland
Place of Birth: Kentucky, La Grange
Home of record: Oklahoma City Oklahoma

William Crowe graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1947. From October 1, 1985 to September 30, 1989, Admiral Crowe served as the 11th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1 October 1985 through 30 September 1989.

Action Date: October 1, 1985 - September 30, 1989

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1 October 1985 through 30 September 1989.

Action Date: October 1, 1985 - September 30, 1989

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1 October 1985 through 30 September 1989. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Admiral Crowe culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and his dedicated contributions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Navy.

Action Date: October 1, 1985 - September 30, 1989

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Captain William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States during combat operations in the Republic of Vietnam from December 1970 to August 1971. As Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Navy Commander in Military Regions III and IV, Captain Crowe displayed outstanding professional skill and dynamic leadership in coordinating the United States Naval Advisory effort. His expert advice enabled allied forces to conduct successful convoy support and waterborne troop lift operations in support of the Twenty-First Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. As the principal planner of operations for Vietnamese Navy combat units in the area, Captain Crowe assisted them in reaching a high state of effectiveness. He organized and implemented an extensive and successful anti-mining and salvage program, and established a highly successful accelerated small craft overhaul program. Captain Crowe was instrumental in the country-wide reorganization of the advisory structure and guided the Government of the Republic of Vietnam's increased pacification program in Military Regions III and IV. His superb performance of duty reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: December 1970 - August 1971

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Legion of Merit

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Captain William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service from July 1967 to November 1970 as Head, East Asia and Pacific Branch, Politico-Military Policy Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. An acknowledged authority on Asian affairs, Captain Crowe was continually called upon to consult and advise on high level politico-military matters and often dealt directly with senior officials of the Department of Defense, representatives of foreign governments and key members of the U.S. Congress. His extraordinary ability and unique background enabled him to make significant contributions to the development of Navy politico-military policy. Captain Crowe was continuously involved in matters directly affecting national security. These included reversion of Okinawa, modification of the Navy base structure in the Western Pacific, force reduction problems and ongoing analyses of political development in key Asian countries. As a result of his mature judgment and demonstrated ability, Captain Crowe was frequently assigned tasks concerning difficult problems of a sensitive nature. He was directly active in formulating and implementing the repatriation plan for return of the crew of the U.S.S. PUEBLO, and participated in Navy-to-Navy negotiations on use of important Asian basing facilities. He also personally conducted the inquiry into the COLUMBIA EAGLE incident for the Secretary of Defense. Captain Crowe is an articulate advocate, an incisive analyst and an adroit crisis manager. By his highly professional performance, dedicated sense of responsibility and inspiring devotion to duty, he has reflected great credit upon himself and has upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: July 1967 - November 1970

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain William James Crowe, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain