ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to thank William Mark Crawford for
the images and family information. Without that
I would never have been able to create this memorial.

Paul Henriott webmaster




He was an optometrist in the civilian world. He had a practice in L.A. with his brother when the war started so he signed up for OCS and went that route. After the war he went back in to optometry but was called up again during Korea and was sent to Guantanimo Bay. He married my mom just before heading out to that duty station and was attached to the hospital there. After Korea he resigned hiscommision and then I came along. We lived in the Virgin Islands for a little bit then moved to Germany and lived there for 4 years and then back to the Virgin Islands. In 1961 we moved to California (the Monterey Peninsula) and that is where our family has been based out of since then. He resumed his practice when we returned to California and specialized in contact lenses. He then retired in 1973 and unfortunately at 60 years young died in November of 1975. It was areal blow to me to have him gone.




MEMORIAL TO
WILLIAM CRAWFORD
LT CDR USNR



FROM HIS LOVING WIFE AND CHILDREN




HUSBAND AND FATHER
WILLIAM CRAWFORD





WIFE
AND
MOTHER





THE CHILDREN

WILLIAM MARK CRAWFORD




E-mail from Mark
Wed 6/23/2004
Dear Mr Henriott,

I'm sorry I lost contact with you but I'm really glad I'm able to visit Dad on the I pulled up the site through Google and I do check the USS Oakland site periodically for updates. You have done a magnificent service and job with this site and the links that are driven by it. As a side note I'm adopted. My Mom and dad were unable to have children and after two years or marriage they decided to adopt. I was added to the family when I was 6 months old so Mom and dad are the parents I knew. He was a generous and kind hearted man and probably too easy on me. I've learned a lot of lessons as the years have gone by and am coming to understand some of things that he underwent as a parent. My dad has two wonderful grandchildren, two boys born to me and my wife Kimberly. The is 13 and a heck of great kid, lanky and lean and hell of great competitive swimmer. The younger one is 4 and full of mischief as all children that age. Both boys are the core of our hearts. I take time to talk a lot about dad and continue to introduce them to his history of which this site is a very important part. My Mom (his wife) is still alive and lives next time to time making sure the boys know as much as possible about him.

Please accept once again my deepest heartfelt thanks for all that you've done.

May God bless.

Sincerely






His Two Loving Grand Children

Love you Grandfather






FROM THE OFFICERS AND CREW
OF THE USS OAKLAND CL-95


SO PROUDLY WE SERVED




USS OAKLAND (CL95)
Service Medals and
Service Ribbons in lieu of medals












Combat Action
Ribbon
China Service
Medal
America Campaign
Service Medal
Asiatic Pacific
Campaign Medal


World War II
Victory Medal
Navy Occupation
Asia Medal
World War II
Victory Medal











Presidential Unit
Citation Philippines



USS OAKLAND CL-95
participated in following operations

Gilbert Islands
MarshallIslands
Bismarck Archipelago
Asiatic-Pacific Raids 1944
Western New Guinea

Marianas
Western Caroline Islands
Leyte
Okinawa Gunto
Third Fleet operations against Japan











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Last updated 14 December 2012