Mr. Emory C. Crowder, Jr. is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. A resident of Westlake, Ohio for over 50 years, he joined the United States Navy in 1942 and served in the Pacific Theater as a corpsman attached to the 2nd Marine Division. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart and Silver Star “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity…in action against the enemy on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 8 July 1944.” Mr. Crowder worked for the Norfolk and Western (N&W) Railway for more than 42 years, retiring in 1983. He was married to his beloved wife, Kathryn, for more than 65 years. An American hero and proud patriot, he has organized an annual children’s parade in his neighborhood on the 4th of July since the 1960s. He remains active as a member of the Westlake United Methodist Church and a community volunteer. Mr. Crowder serves the USS Cleveland Legacy Foundation as an Honorary Director.
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