Thomas S. Crow

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Thomas S. Crow
US Navy 790601-N-0000X-001 Retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Tom Crow died of cancer Sunday, Nov. 30th at his home in San Diego.jpg
4th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
BornMarch 16, 1934
McArthur, Ohio
DiedNovember 30, 2008(2008-11-30) (aged 74)
San Diego, California
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1952–1982
Rank U.S. Navy E10 infobox.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Commands held Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Achievement Medal
Other workAssociate 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. [1]

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy military rank in the United States

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.

McArthur, Ohio Village in Ohio, United States

McArthur is a village in Vinton County, Ohio, United States. It is located 27 miles southeast of Chillicothe. The population was 1,701 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Vinton County.

Vinton County High School is a public high school in McArthur, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Vinton County Local School District. Their nickname is the Vikings.



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.

Memphis, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

Memphis is a city located along the Mississippi River in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The 2017 city population was 652,236, making Memphis the largest city on the Mississippi River, the second most populous city in Tennessee, as well as the 26th largest city in the United States. Greater Memphis is the 42nd largest metropolitan area in the United States, with a population of 1,348,260 in 2017. The city is the anchor of West Tennessee and the greater Mid-South region, which includes portions of neighboring Arkansas and Mississippi. Memphis is the seat of Shelby County, the most populous county in Tennessee. As one of the most historic and cultural cities of the southern United States, the city features a wide variety of landscapes and distinct neighborhoods.

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Chincoteague, Virginia Town in Virginia, United States

Chincoteague is a town in Accomack County, Virginia, U.S. The town includes the whole of Chincoteague Island and an area of adjacent water. The population was 2,941 at the 2010 census. The town is known for the Chincoteague Ponies, although these are not actually on the island of Chincoteague but on nearby Assateague Island. These ponies and the annual Pony Penning Day are the subject of Marguerite Henry's 1947 children's book Misty of Chincoteague, which was made into the 1961 family film Misty, filmed on location.

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.


RVAH-9 was a Reconnaissance Attack (Heavy) Squadron of the U.S. Navy. Originally established as Composite Squadron Nine (VC-9) on 15 January 1953, it was redesignated as Heavy Attack Squadron Nine (VAH-9) on 1 November 1955 and was redesignated as Reconnaissance Attack (Heavy) Squadron Nine (RVAH-9) on 3 June 1964. The squadron was disestablished on 30 September 1977.

Sanford, Florida City in Florida, United States

Sanford is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida and is the county seat of Seminole County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 53,570.

USS <i>Saratoga</i> (CV-60) Forrestal-class aircraft carrier

USS Saratoga (CV/CVA/CVB-60), was the second of four Forrestal-class supercarriers built for the United States Navy in the 1950s. Saratoga was the sixth U.S. Navy ship, and the second aircraft carrier, to be named for the Battles of Saratoga in the American Revolutionary War.

In August 1969, Crow reported to Naval Air Station North Island, California. During this tour he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. His tour included a four month TAD to VRC-50 in support of CIA, COD, aircraft maintenance. After his return to North Island, he was advanced to Senior Chief and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for performance as Maintenance CPO.

Naval Air Station North Island United States historic place

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VRC-50 was a Fleet Logistics Squadron of the U.S. Navy. The squadron was established as Fleet Tactical Support Squadron 50 (VRC-50) on 1 October 1966, redesignated as Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Fifty (VRC-50) on 1 April 1976 and disestablished on 7 October 1994.

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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The United States Department of Defense is an executive branch department of the federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government directly related to national security and the United States Armed Forces. The DoD is the largest employer in the world, with nearly 1.3 million active-duty service members as of 2016. More employees include over 826,000 National Guard and Reservists from the armed forces, and over 732,000 civilians bringing the total to over 2.8 million employees. Headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., the DoD's stated mission is to provide "the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security".

Patrick Air Force Base airport in Florida, United States of America

Patrick Air Force Base is a United States Air Force installation located between Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach, in Brevard County, Florida, in the United States. It was named in honor of Major General Mason Patrick, USAAC. An Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) base, it is home to the 45th Space Wing. In addition to its "host wing" responsibilities at Patrick AFB, the 45 SW controls and operates Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and the Eastern Range. It was originally opened and operated from 1940 to 1947 as Naval Air Station Banana River, a U.S. Navy airfield. It was then deactivated as a naval installation in 1947 and placed in caretaker status until it was transferred to the Air Force in late 1948.

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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.

Awards and decorations

En-NavyAircrew.jpg Naval Aircrew Warfare Specialist insignia
MCPON Full.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Identification Badge
Navy Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
United States Navy Good Conduct Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze-service-star-3d.png Silver-service-star-3d.png Bronze-service-star-3d.png
Navy Good Conduct Medal with one silver and two bronze service stars
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Korean Service Medal - Ribbon.svg Korean Service Medal
Armed Forces Expedtionary Medal ribbon.svg
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star
Vietnam Service Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze-service-star-3d.png Bronze-service-star-3d.png Bronze-service-star-3d.png
Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with palm and frame
United Nations Service Medal Korea ribbon.svg United Nations Korea Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon with 60- clasp.svg Vietnam Campaign Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal ribbon.svg Korean War Service Medal

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  1. Affairs, This story was written by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Bill Houlihan, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Public. "Navy's Fourth MCPON Passes Away" . Retrieved 3 September 2016.
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Walker
4th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
28 September 1979 – 1 October 1982
Succeeded by
Billy C. Sanders