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Biography of John William Crow

Plum Grove, Texas

John Crow was a lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve when he was called to active duty before America entered the war against Japan on December 8, 1941. He served with the 128th Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division in New Guinea, and on November 20, 1942, during the battle at Buna, he led Company C to destroy several Japanese machine gun emplacements, and during the fighting, while assaulting another enemy machine gun nest, he aggressively moved forward firing into the emplacement, but was killed by enemy fire. For his heroism, First Lieutenant John William Crow was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. 

John was born in Waxahachie on February 28, 1909 to J. F. and Sarah Frances Crow. He graduated Waxahachie High School, and Texas A & M College, where he was All-Southwest Conference in football. 

Before entering the Army, John taught history and coached football at Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas and in 1935 he married Jessie Marie Arthur of Hearst, near Fort Worth. And in 1937 Jessie gave birth to a daughter, Frances Maureen, and in 1939 a son, John Gary. 

John Crow is buried at Fort Worth, and is listed on the Waxahachie Daily Light Honor Roll, and the Ellis County Veterans Memorial.

Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Day 2005

Picture and bio information courtesy of Steve and Frances Maureen (Crow) Stumpp of New Mexico. Mrs. Stumpp is the daughter of First Lieutenant John William Crow.

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