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Old 11-03-2019, 02:24 PM
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U.S. Coast Guard - Hold Graveside Ceremony for a WWII USCG POW
By: U.S. Coast Guard - 11-2-19

UPDATE: Media invited to attend graveside ceremony for WWII USCG POW

Who: Lt. Thomas Crotty, USCG WWII POW

What: Graveside ceremony with full military honors

When: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, immediately after a noon Catholic Mass service, approximately 1:15 p.m.

Where: Holy Cross Cemetery, 2900 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna, New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a graveside ceremony as part of a full honors military burial of the remains of a World War II service member in Lackawanna, New York, Saturday.

Lt. Thomas Crotty was the only Coast Guardsman to serve in the Defense of the Philippines. Crotty was the first Coast Guard prisoner of war since the War of 1812 and one of four USCG POWs during WWII. Crotty served in four different military branches while deployed to the Philippines. Crotty managed and coached Buffalo's 1929 American Legion Junior National Baseball Championship team and he was class president during his time at the Coast Guard Academy.

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.

Media interested in attending the graveside ceremony can coordinate with Lt. Paul Rhynard at (216) 990-2611. The ceremony is scheduled to occur immediately after a noon Catholic Mass service. Media should plan to meet Lt. Rhynard at the cemetery entrance by 1:15 p.m. The family has asked media not be in attendance at the noon Mass.



Personal note: Once again we loose another Veteran whose service goes above and beyond expectations of many. His loss is a reminder that we do not live forever but we never forget our Hero's. We send our respects to his family and all member of the Coast Guard family.


O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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