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Pvt Vincent Leo Crough

Pvt Vincent Leo Crough

Birth
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 27 Feb 1945 (aged 33)
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial DeWitt, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Plot Section 100 lot 168
Memorial ID 11256432 · View Source
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PVT Vincent Leo Crough
Co. C, 83rd Armd Rcn Bn,
32nd Armd Regt, 3rd Armd Div., 1st Army
KIA 27 February, 1945, near Grouven, Germany

Vince was born April 21, 1911, in Syracuse, New York, the sixth of eight children born to Daniel Patrick and Johanna (Bourke) Crough. He attended St. Lucy's Academy and was a member of the January 1929 senior class of Blodgett Vocational High School. He played the violin as a young man and did beautiful pen and ink sketches. In high school, he was a member of the golf team that won the New York State championship three years in succession. He took a mail-order course in architectural drafting in later years.

His sweetheart was Sarah Jane McMahon. She was 18 years of age and he was 24 when they married in May 1935. His son Daniel was born in February 1936.

In the summer of 1941 another son was born and named after him, but died a few hours later of the RH factor.

For 15 years prior to his joining the United States Army, Vince worked at the Warehouse of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, and was foreman of the Packers' Supply Division when he was drafted.

He was drafted and entered the US Army on April 5, 1944 at age 33, joining two of his brothers in the service of their country. He trained at: Fort Meade, MD; Fort Knox, KY; Camp Chaffee, AR; and Fort Ord, CA, where his unit practiced amphibious landings. He had never held a gun before basic training, yet he won several medals for marksmanship.

He was the gunner in an M24 "Chaffee" light tank, part of a reconnaissance unit in the storied Third Armored "Spearhead" Division of the First Army. He participated in the Allied counteroffensive in the "Battle of the Bulge," and was killed when a German shell hit his tank as the push to Cologne began, less than two months after arriving in Europe.

His body was interred temporarily at Henri-Chapelle Cemetery in Belgium. In late 1947, his remains were returned to his native Syracuse. After a very moving military funeral, he was buried in the shadow of the Crough family monument in St. Mary's Cemetery alongside his father, his brother Daniel Francis, and his infant son.His wife, who remarried in 1949 and had two more children, is buried elsewhere in the same cemetery, having died in 1972.


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  • Created by: Dolores Maxwell
  • Added: 28 Jun 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11256432
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Vincent Leo Crough (21 Apr 1911–27 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11256432, citing Saint Mary's Cemetery, DeWitt, Onondaga County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Dolores Maxwell (contributor 46617533) .