|Birth: ||May 28, 1895|
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 1985|
He was educated at Fay School, Southboro, Mass., and at St. George's School, Newport, R.I. At the latter school he was on the football and hockey teams.
In 1913 he enlisted in Battery A, M.V.M., at Boston, Mass. In 1915 he joined the American Ambulance Service in France, sailing on the U.S.S. Sussex which was torpedoed in the English Channel. The Ambulance Unit with which Lieut. Crocker served received the Croix de Guerre for its excellent work. In 1915 he was recalled from France, to go to the Mexican Border with Battery A, then 1st Mass. Reg't, F.A., N.G.
He was transferred to the Aviation Service in 1918, and after 10 weeks' technical training at the M.I.T. Ground School, was sent abroad, and stationed at Issoudun, France, for practical flying.
In July, 1918, he was sent to the front, attached to the 94th Aero Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group. Just previous to the Argonne drive, Lieut. Crocker was one of two pilots to volunteer for a low flight far beyond the German lines over Stenay, to ascertain the movements of the German troops. He performed the mission successfully, and was recommended for the D.S.C.*
*Source: "New England Aviators 1914–1918: Their Portraits and Their Records, Vol. I", comp. by Caroline Ticknor. Cambridge, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1919; pp. 84, 86.
According to this source, Lt. Crocker was awarded the Belgian Order of the Crown. After the war, he helped to organize and incorporate the municipal airport at Fitchburg, Mass., where he spent the remainder of his life.
Above info provided by Tony Layne.
Charles Thomas Crocker (1866 - 1954)
Fay Bigelow Crocker (1871 - 1956)
Rosalie Johnson Crocker (1900 - 1973)
Bigelow Crocker (1893 - 1972)*
Charles Thomas Crocker (1895 - 1985)
Forest Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 21, 2013
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