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MAJ Robert Watson Crandall

MAJ Robert Watson Crandall

Birth
Panama
Death 25 Apr 1945 (aged 30)
Italy
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section VII Site 98
Memorial ID 41293855 · View Source
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Son of Esther M Crandall. Robert lived in Northwood, Rockingham, New Hampshire with his mother and siblings, William D, born about 1917, and Walter M. Jr. Robert was born in the Canal Zone, Panama.

On May 19, 1989 a pool at West Point was dedicated in memory of Major Robert Watson Crandall. Major Crandall was captured at Anzio returned through Odessa and returned to the Fifth Army where he was given command of a Battalion in the 10th Mountain Division. He was killed in action on April 25, 1945. He was the last member of the Class of '39 to be killed in the ETO.
http://www.oflag64.org/Oflag64/The_ITEM_Archive_files/1989_09_8pp.pdf

Major Robert Crandall's "mobile cavalry detachments" seized all the crossings over the Mussolini Canal with the speed and mobility that allowed them to surge ahead and gain the key terrain to buy the time for slower moving follow on forces
Anzio Beachhead, pp. 18-19. The Germans captured Major Robert Crandall that same evening while he was checking on the security of the bridge west of Sessano. Unbeknownst to him, the Germans had retaken the bridge and he drove his jeep "into the midst of a German battalion and was captured."
http://etd.lib.fsu.edu/theses/available/etd-03302004-164302/unrestricted/Chapter9.pdf

One of the (473rd) Regiment's greatest losses was Major Robert Crandall, who had led the 2nd Battalion through its battles for Massa, the Gothic Line and Sarzana. While personally directing the Lavagna-Chiavari battle, this one-time German prisoner who chose to stay and fight in Italy rather than return to the United States during the war, fell in action before the enemy he sought to destroy. Major Crandall was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Capt. David Streger of New Rochelle, N.Y., became 2nd Battalion Commander.
http://www.pjaudinetsr.com/473rd/473hist06.html


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  • Created by: Don Stowell
  • Added: 29 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41293855
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Robert Watson Crandall (11 Jan 1915–25 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41293855, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Don Stowell (contributor 46794548) .