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Thomas S. Crow
4th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
|Born||March 16, 1934|
|Died||November 30, 2008 74) (aged|
San Diego, California
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1952–1982|
|Commands held||Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy|
|Awards|| Navy Distinguished Service Medal |
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Achievement Medal
|Other work||Associate Director, National University|
Thomas Sherman Crow (March 16, 1934 – November 30, 2008), fourth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy was born in 1934, in McArthur, Ohio, and graduated from McArthur High School (now Vinton County High School) in 1952. After battling cancer, he died at his home in San Diego, California on November 30, 2008. He was interred in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.
The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy is a unique non-commissioned rank and position of office of the United States Navy, which has with it the paygrade of E-9. The holder of this position is the most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Navy, equivalent to the Sergeant Major of the Army, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.
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After completion of recruit training, Crow attended AN "P" School and AM "A" School at NATTC, Memphis, Tennessee. His first tour was as an Airframe Structural Mechanic, Transport Air Crew member, VR-21, Barbers Point, Hawaii. He became a Search and Rescue Helo Crew member, NAS Chincoteague, Virginia. In 1958, he attended AM "B" School at NATTC, Memphis, Tennessee, and was advanced to AMH2.
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Crow served as Aircrew A3D, VAH 9, Sanford, Florida, and deployed aboard USS Saratoga (CV-60). This tour was followed with a tour as an instructor at AM "B" school, Memphis, Tennessee. He reported to Fighter Squadron 121, NAS Miramar, California, in September, 1966. During this tour, he deployed aboard USS Coral Sea, and served in country in Da Nang and Chu Lai, Vietnam.
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Crow received training at DoD Race Relations Institute at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. With this training, he reported as Race Relations Education Specialist at Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Det ONE. In April 1974, he served as Program Manager, implementing Phase II of Equal Opportunity/Race Relations Program. He earned his associates of applied science degree in business administration from National University, San Diego.
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Crow attended Navy Drug/Alcohol Counselor School, NAS Miramar and served in the Human Resource Management Office in February 1977. In December 1977 he was selected to serve as Master Chief of the Force, Senior Enlisted Advisor to Commander Naval Air Force Pacific. During this tour he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at National University, San Diego, California.
The Bachelor of Business Administration is a bachelor's degree in business administration.
In June 1979, Crow was selected by the Chief of Naval Operations to serve as the fourth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. He was sworn into the position on September 28, 1979 and retired on October 1, 1982. He remained an active advocate of the Navy as a Co-chairman of the Secretary of the Navy Retired Affairs from 1983–86, honorary board chairman, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Navy League of the United States, Fleet Reserve Association, a member on the board of advisors to San Diego Armed Services YMCA, and president of the United Armed Forces Association.
|Naval Aircrew Warfare Specialist insignia|
|Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Identification Badge|
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal|
|Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal|
|Navy Presidential Unit Citation|
|Navy Unit Commendation|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|Navy Good Conduct Medal with one silver and two bronze service stars|
|National Defense Service Medal with service star|
|Korean Service Medal|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star|
|Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with palm and frame|
|United Nations Korea Medal|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
|Korean War Service Medal|
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28 September 1979 – 1 October 1982
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