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|10k||Thomas Ewing Crowley, born 18 April 1902 in Madison, Ill., enlisted in the Navy 06 March 1919 as a Hospital Apprentice 2nd class. After being rated as PhM1c
he served aboard the USS Minneapolis; USS Brutus; USS Idaho; USS Mississippi and was discharged 31 January 1923 from the regular
Navy. He enrolled as member of the U.S. Naval Reserve on 01 November 1923 serving aboard the USS Wilmette; USS Meyer; USS Mervine and USS
Corry until discharged on 27 January 1930. During his years in the United States Naval Reserve he attended Chaminade College in Clayton, Mo. and completed his education
at the University of Southern California College Of Dentistry Class of 1929. He was commissioned Assistant Dental Surgeon with the rank of Lieutenant (j.g.) from 23 December 1929 and
served at Naval Stations at Great Lakes, III. (1930-1932), Naval Air Station, San Diego, Calif. (1935-1937), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (1937-1939), and Lakehurst, N.J.(1939-1941), as well
as at sea duty aboard the USS Beaver (1932-1935). On 05 August 1936 he was promoted to the grade of Lieutenant. He was transferred from Lakehurst, N.J. with orders to report
to the battleship USS Arizona. He reported aboard on 23 May 1941. On 01 July 1941 he was commissioned regular Dental Surgeon with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Crowley was
killed in action during the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor 07 December 1941. Lt. Commander Thomas E. Crowley was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart by General Order 186 on 21 January
1943 for wounds received in action with the enemy of the United States. Other awards included the American Defense Service Medal (Fleet Clasp) and World War II Victory Medal awarded on 06
November 1946. He was a member of the American Dental Association.|
USS Crowley (DE 303) (1944-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
|66k||24 May 1943: The Honorary Keel Layers on the USS Crowley (DE 303) at Mare Island Navy Yard. Left to right are Alyce Rudd Sawyers and Juanita Doyvolt.
(U.S. Navy photo)
|Darryl L. Baker
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|169k||02 July 1943: Crowley on the building ways at Mare Island Navy Yard. USS Rall
(DE 304) is on the right.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-4808-43)
|164k||02 July 1943: Crowley on the building ways at Mare Island Navy Yard. Crowley is on the left.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-4809-43)
|74k||22 September 1943. A bottle of California champagne is presented to the sponsor of Crowley by Capt. F. W. Scanland, USN at Mare Island Navy Yard prior to the
christening. Left to right are Thomas Ewing Crowley, Jr., Mrs. Thomas Ewing Crowley (Sponsor) widow of Lcdr T. E. Crowley, DC, USN, Mrs. Richard L Marcks (Matron of Honor) and
Capt. F. W. Scanland.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6616-43)
|124k||22 September 1943: Mrs. Thomas Ewing Crowley (Sponsor) and Mrs. Richard L. Marcks (Matron of Honor) are seen standing at the bow of Crowley at Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6627-43)
|113k||22 September 1943: Mrs. Thomas Ewing Crowley (Sponsor) christens Crowley at Mare Island. Left to right: Mrs. Richard L. Marcks (Matron of Honor),
Capt. W. E. Malloy (Yard Planning Officer), Mrs. Thomas Ewing Crowley (Sponsor) and Capt. F. W. Scanland.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6623-43)
|76k||22 September 1943: Crowley is waterborne for the first time after her launching. Note the launch cradle in the water forward of the ship.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6617-43)
|32k||22 September 1943: Broadside view of Crowley after her launching at Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-6619-43)
|113k||25 March 1944: Capt. F. W. Scanland is the speaker at the commissioning of USS Crowley (DE 303). Radm Mahlon S. Tisdale (Shipyard Commandant)
is to the left (middle of photo) of the speaker stand and Lcdr T. J. Skewes (CO) is to the speaker's left.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-1939-44)
|54k||25 March 1944: This picture appeared in the 25 March 1994 issue of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard newspaper "The Grapevine" showing the commissioning of Crowley on 25 March 1944.|
|104k||02 April 1944: Bow on view of Crowley off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-2077-44)
|114k||02 April 1944: Stern view of Crowley off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-2088-44)
|115k||02 April 1944: Broadside view of Crowley off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-2081-44)
|356k||02 April 1944: San Francisco Bay - Port quarter view of Crowley off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-303 19-N-131498 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of Chris Wright)
|223k||04 April 1944: Broadside view of Crowley off Mare Island. She departed the shipyard for the final time on 4 April 1944.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-303-2120-44)
Wehl, The Netherlands
|93k||Seen docked at Mare Island Navy Yard in April, 1944. Seen are her eight depth charge throwers along with her stern mounted depth charge racks. Forward, a medium frequency direction finder loop can be seen stepped aft on the mast. She has no HF/DF mast or equipment mounted, as is standard with most of the Pacific Fleet assigned destroyer escorts.||Mike Green|
|140k||15 January 1945: at sea - USS Crowley (DE 303) transfers a sick man to USS Sargent Bay (CVE 83).
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-263957 from the United States National Archives)
|View the USS Crowley (DE 303) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.|
|View the official War History of USS Crowley as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Crowley's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 25 Mar. 1944 - 15 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. T.J. Skewes, Jr., USNR|
|2.) 15 Oct. 1945 - 03 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. William H. Dinsmore, USNR|
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