U.S. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Thomas J.E. Crotty, killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 10, 2019.
(Official DoD release will be updated following Primary Next of Kin briefing.)
In 1942, Crotty served aboard the USS Quail in the Philippines as part of the 16th Naval District-in-Shore Patrol Headquarters, in Cavite Navy Yard on the Philippine Islands. Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were taken prisoner and sent to prisoner of war camps. Crotty was among those reported captured after the surrender of Corregidor and held at the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the war. According to prison camp and other historical records, Crotty died July 19, 1942, and was buried along with fellow prisoners in the local Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery, in grave number 312.