Coast Guard to repatriate remains of World War II service member

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard NewsHonolulu — The Coast Guard will hold a repatriation ceremony for Lt. Thomas Crotty at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point on Friday, Oct. 31, 2019.

Crotty is the last known, recoverable, fallen Coast Guard service member from World War II. His remains were recently identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and will be brought back to Crotty’s hometown of Buffalo, New York, for burial.

During the repatriation ceremony, a Coast Guard Honor Platoon led by Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander, Coast Guard 14th District, will escort Crotty’s remains from the hearse to a HC-130 Hercules airplane and accompany the remains to Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento.

Crotty served aboard the USS Quail in the Philippines during the outbreak of World War II and later aided in the defense of Corregidor. After the Japanese invasion of the Philippines and the fall of Bataan, Crotty was taken prisoner by the Japanese and interned at the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War (POW) Camp where he later died in 1942.

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