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William L. Crow U.S. Army WWII
William L. Crow U.S. Army WWII

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Date of Birth: 3/15/1910
Died On: 11/29/1996 Death Place: Mystic, New London County, Connecticut
Street Address: Forest Avenue
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Army-WWII

Veteran Code: USARMY-134

When William Langstaff Crow was born on March 15, 1910, in Rye, New York, his father, Ralph, was 31 and his mother, Ella, was 28. He married Barbara Baker on September 14, 1936, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. They had six children during their marriage. He died on November 29, 1996, in Mystic, Connecticut, at the age of 86, and was buried in Bronx, New York. In Rye his family lived on Forest Avenue and were members of Christ Church. William served as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II.

William Langstaff Crow

Major William Langstaff Crow, U. S. Army, now overseas, and Mis. Crow of Forest Avenue, are parents of a daughter, born I December 31st at United Hospital.
PAGE EIGHT THE RYE CHRONICLE Friday, January 5, 1945

Major William L Crow Home Major William Langstaff Crow, U. S. Army, on Saturday rejoined Mrs. Crow and their children, Billy and Margo and Sandra, At their home on Forest Avenue. It is eighteen months since he was last home. Major Crow has been in the European Theatre of War Operations. He is the son of Mrs. Ralph L. Crow of Pine Island,

Bill Crow died Nov. 29, 1996, after an extended illness. He grew up in Rye, N.Y., and prepared for Princeton at Hotchkiss.

In college he played freshman soccer, was advertising manager of the Tiger, and skippered the winning intercollegiate yacht; he was commodore of the Princeton Yacht Club. He was a member and officer of Cap and Gown. In 1936 he married Barbara Baker in Grosse Point, Mich.

After a year in South America with W. R. Grace and Co., Bill joined the family business, the William L. Crow Construction Co., in NYC, which had been founded by his great-grandfather in 1840. He became its head when he was 26 at the death of his father. The company completed major projects in the U.S. and abroad, including the Princeton Club of New York.

During WWII, Bill served in the Army Corps of Engineers in the Mideast and rose to the rank of major and was decorated with the Bronze Star.

Bill was an active, widely known and highly regarded leader of his Princeton class. He was an effective fund-raiser. His son Bill '63 properly refers to his father's "abiding sense of obligation to repay some of the benefits of the education he received at Hotchkiss and Princeton."

At the time of his death he was survived by his wife, Barbara Baker -Crow at Smithfield, RI, a son, William L. III of Boston; four daughters Margo C. Reis and Barbara Crow, both of San Francisco, Sandra C. Shek of Denver, Ella C. Hays of Shelington, Pa and seven grandchildren.

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