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Remains of Coast Guardsman, a WWII prisoner, are flown home

  • The remains of Coast Guard Lt. Thomas Crotty, the last known recoverable fallen Coast Guard member from WWII, were identified in Hawaii and placed on a C-130J aircraft at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point Thursday for transport to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. for burial.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The remains of Coast Guard Lt. Thomas Crotty were transferred to a HC-130 Hercules airplane Thursday at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to be returned to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Crotty is the last known, recoverable, fallen Coast Guard member from World War II. His remains were recently identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

    DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The remains of Coast Guard Lt. Thomas Crotty were transferred to a HC-130 Hercules airplane Thursday at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to be returned to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Crotty is the last known, recoverable, fallen Coast Guard member from World War II. His remains were recently identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MACARTHUR MEMORIAL LIBRARY, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA
                                Lt. James Crotty as lieutenant junior grade aboard a Coast Guard cutter. Crotty, a 1934 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, served throughout the U.S. including Alaska prior to service in the South Pacific.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MACARTHUR MEMORIAL LIBRARY, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

    Lt. James Crotty as lieutenant junior grade aboard a Coast Guard cutter. Crotty, a 1934 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, served throughout the U.S. including Alaska prior to service in the South Pacific.

  • U.S. NAVY
                                Lt. James Crotty served as executive officer aboard the USS Quail from the middle of December 1941 until mid-April 1942. During his brief assignment to the Quail, the vessel swept mines, shot down enemy aircraft and bombarded enemy troops threatening U.S. and Philippine forces on the Bataan Peninsula.

    U.S. NAVY

    Lt. James Crotty served as executive officer aboard the USS Quail from the middle of December 1941 until mid-April 1942. During his brief assignment to the Quail, the vessel swept mines, shot down enemy aircraft and bombarded enemy troops threatening U.S. and Philippine forces on the Bataan Peninsula.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The remains of Coast Guard Lt. Thomas Crotty were transferred to a HC-130 Hercules airplane Thursday at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to be returned to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Crotty is the last known, recoverable, fallen Coast Guard member from World War II. His remains were recently identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

    DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The remains of Coast Guard Lt. Thomas Crotty were transferred to a HC-130 Hercules airplane Thursday at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to be returned to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Crotty is the last known, recoverable, fallen Coast Guard member from World War II. His remains were recently identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

He was the first Coast Guardsman to become a prisoner of war since the War of 1812 and the last known recoverable fallen Coast Guard service member from World War II, according to officials. Read more

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