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Maj Dana Harold Crissy

Maj Dana Harold Crissy

Birth
Michigan, USA
Death 8 Oct 1919 (aged 35)
Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Plot Section OS, Row 98, Grave 5
Memorial ID 3524069 · View Source
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United States Army Officer. A graduate, and later instructor, of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Crissy was first commissioned an artillery officer assigned to the Presidio of San Francisco. Rising through the ranks, he transferred into the Aviation Section of the Army Signal Corps in 1917 and after brief service in charge of the School of Military Aeronautics at Princeton University; he was assigned as commander of Mather Air Field in Sacramento, California. In October 1919, he volunteered to take part in the first Transcontinental Reliability and Endurance Test, an air race across the United States. At the end of the first leg of the race, Maj. Crissy and his observer, Sergeant 1st Class Virgil Thomas, were attempting to land outside of Salt Lake City, Utah when something they lost control and crashed. Both men were mortally injured and died shortly afterwards. In 1921 his close friend, Maj. Henry "Hap" Arnold, dedicated Crissy Field in San Francisco in his honor.

Major Crissy had a wife named Bee and two daughters named Yvonne and Charmy

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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3524069
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Dana Harold Crissy (9 Dec 1883–8 Oct 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3524069, citing San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .