Western New York Armed Forces Week luncheon: Medals earned are finally received

>The Bronze Star Medal is awarded for meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.

The Purple Heart Medal is specifically a combat decoration awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded or killed by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy.

The family of Coast Guard Lt. Thomas J.E. “Jimmy” Crotty received these decorations, along with the Prisoner of War Medal and the Philippines Defense Medal, from Rear Adm. Michael Parks, Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, Thursday, during a ceremony held at the Connecticut Armory in Buffalo, N.Y. as part of the Western New York Armed Forces Week.

Crotty served in the Pacific Theater of World War II and became the only Coast Guard member to participate in the fight against the Japanese at Bataan and Corregidor. He also served with frontline units from each of the other branches of the Armed Services. Crotty was captured when the Allies surrendered Corregidor, and he perished in Camp #1 of the Cabantuan prison camp.

During Parks’ speech prior to the award presentation, he remarked of Crotty’s adherence to the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty before they became such. Crotty’s time spent with other service branches also demonstrates the same level of inter-service cooperation the Coast Guard prides itself on today.

The Ninth Coast Guard District salutes the memory of Lt. Jimmy Crotty. Bravo Zulu Shipmate!

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