|Birth: ||Jan. 23, 1921|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 1984|
Born in Winchester, KY., to John H. Crone and Leila L. Morefield. He had two brothers; Norman and Carl. Married Eleanor G. Stansbury, May 10, 1921 and had three children.
John was raised in Mt. Rainier, MD., and went to college at the age of 16. He started in pre-law and two years later switched to Engineering. It became apparent that his ability to study and grasp the meaning of complex subjects was exceptional with little effort. He belonged to the ROTC the the University of MD., which led to a commission in the Army Air Corps in 1942 at the age of 21.
He was assigned to Bowling AFB in Wash. D.C., he attended the Parachute Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia and took a course in engineering assault and demolition at Ft. Belvoir, VA. As Second Lieutenant Company Commander he let
field exercises, War Game Umpire, and a Division Commander where his Division Won the exercise.
John went to England for the Invasion of Europe. He flew various types of aircraft there. When "D" day came, he, as 1st Lt. and Company Commander was the 1st man to jump over
Normandy about six hours before the assault. He won a purple heart with an oak leaf cluster, A Presidential Unit Citation, The Order of King Wilhelm Knight 4th class of Holland, the Order of the Lion from Belgium, the Croix do Guerre from France and Honorary Knighthood from England.
After the war, he remained on active duty in the Air Force until 1954. He attended Air Force School at Biloxi, Miss. and then USAF IT, Dayton, Ohio and set records as being the graduate with the highest grade average in the history of both schools. He was then assigned to the Air Force Special Weapons Program at Sandia Base, New Mexico, and also attended the University there and received his BS and MS degrees the three seperate subjects. Aeronautical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Mathematics. Lataer as a civilian John completed all academic requirements for a Doctorate in Physics at the Univ. of MD.
He married a second time in 1969 and had a son, Eric Crone
I am proud to say "This is my Daddy!"
John Henry Crone (1892 - 1980)
Leila Morefield Crone (1897 - 1983)
John Lynwood Crone (1921 - 1984)
Norman A Crone (1922 - 1989)*
Carl Edward Crone (1924 - 1995)*
Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: Sandra (Crone) Maroney
Record added: Jun 23, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14709635