Major Henry P. "Jim" Crowe, 2/8
Serial Number - 05028
Commanding officer, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines.
Maj. Crowe, from Boston, Kentucky, was awarded the Navy Cross for actions 20-24 November on Betio:
"For extraordinary heroism, the greatest of personal and unflinching valor, great military skill, inspirational and outstanding leadership, and ceaseless energy. Despite the fiercest resistance, Crowe was the first battalion commander to reach shore. Braving intense machinegun and shell fire, constantly with his men at the most violent points of fighting, he organized the establishment of a beachhead and directed the elimination of hostile snipers and gun crews from along the seawall and inland of the beachhead. Without rest and at great personal risk, he maintained continuous aggressive pressure against heavily reinforced enemy emplacements. Crowe was personally largely responable for winning and maintaining the beachhead at Tarawa.
Maj. Crowe's CP on Red Beach 3 was located behind LVT 23.
This LVT stalled out while climbing over the seawall.
Major Crowe, with the map, confers with some officers on Betio.
copyright 2001 T.O.T.W.
Created 30 May 2001 - Updated 29 April 2004