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Capt William Pigott Cronan
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Birth: Feb. 9, 1879
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1929
La Jolla
San Diego County
California, USA

CAPTAIN W. P. CRONAN, NAVAL HERO IS DEAD END COMES IN SAN DIEGO
QUICK WIT AND BRAVERY SAVED A TURRET CREW MARCH 28, 1929
The death of Captain William Piggott Cronan, US Navy, retired, at his home in San Diego, CA on March 18, was announced in a naval order received here yesterday.
Capt. Cronan, once saved the lives of a turret crew, when he was a Lieutenant on the battlship Conneticut by his bravery and quick-wittedness. He was in command of a gun crew firing practice in October 1907, when he realized that several grains of powder had sifted through where the powder bag was torn and had fallen on the breech grooves of the eight-inch gun, where the friction was the block was screwed into place would almost certainly cause a premature explosion, with heavy loss of life. His sharp command to halt was not recognized by the crew, which had been working so fast that their movements were almost automatic. As the breech block was being swung to, Lieutenant Cronan jumped forward and plunged his hand into the breech. It was so mangled that the index finger had to be amputated. Captain Cronan was born in CT on February 9, 1879 and was accepted to the Naval Academy in 1894. He married Miss. Nellie Grant, grand-daughter of General U. S. Grant. He had been married and divorced previously. He retired from the Navy on October 4, 1923.

19th Naval Governor of Guam
1st Commanding officer of the U.S.S. Monaghan
Awarded Navy Cross
He was the son of Patrick Cronan and Miss Piggott

Thank you Charlott Jones for William's obit 
 
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 Spouse:
  Nellie Grant Cronan (1881 - 1972)*
 
 Children:
  Nellie Grant Cronin Rothwell (1917 - 1999)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 6, Site 9458
 
Created by: DB Johnson
Record added: Jun 03, 2007
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