Thomas S. Crow

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Thomas S. Crow
US Navy 790601-N-0000X-001 Retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Tom Crow died of cancer Sunday, Nov. 30th at his home in San Diego.jpg
4th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Born March 16, 1934
McArthur, Ohio
Died November 30, 2008(2008-11-30) (aged 74)
San Diego, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1952–1982
Rank MCPON collar.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Commands held Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Achievement Medal
Other work Associate Director, National University

Thomas Sherman Crow (March 16, 1934 – November 30, 2008), fourth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy was born in 1934, in McArthur, Ohio, and graduated from McArthur High School (now Vinton County High School) in 1952. After battling cancer, he died at his home in San Diego, California on November 30, 2008. He was interred in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.[1]


After completion of recruit training, Crow attended AN "P" School and AM "A" School at NATTC, Memphis, Tennessee. His first tour was as an Airframe Structural Mechanic, Transport Air Crew member, VR-21, Barbers Point, Hawaii. He became a Search and Rescue Helo Crew member, NAS Chincoteague, Virginia. In 1958, he attended AM “B” School at NATTC, Memphis, Tennessee, and was advanced to AMH2.

Crow served as Aircrew A3D, VAH 9, Sanford, Florida, and deployed aboard USS Saratoga (CV-60). This tour was followed with a tour as an instructor at AM “B” school, Memphis, Tennessee. He reported to Fighter Squadron 121, NAS Miramar, California, in September, 1966. During this tour, he deployed aboard USS Coral Sea, and served in country in Da Nang and Chu Lai, Vietnam.

In August 1969, Crow reported to Naval Air Station North Island, California. During this tour he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. His tour included a four month TAD to VRC-50 in support of CIA, COD, aircraft maintenance. After his return to North Island, he was advanced to Senior Chief and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for performance as Maintenance CPO.

Crow received training at DoD Race Relations Institute at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. With this training, he reported as Race Relations Education Specialist at Commander Naval Air Force Pacific Det ONE. In April 1974, he served as Program Manager, implementing Phase II of Equal Opportunity/Race Relations Program. He earned his associates of applied science degree in business administration from National University, San Diego.

Crow attended Navy Drug/Alcohol Counselor School, NAS Miramar and served in the Human Resource Management Office in February 1977. In December 1977 he was selected to serve as Master Chief of the Force, Senior Enlisted Advisor to Commander Naval Air Force Pacific. During this tour he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at National University, San Diego, California.

In June 1979, Crow was selected by the Chief of Naval Operations to serve as the fourth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. He was sworn into the position on September 28, 1979 and retired on October 1, 1982. He remained an active advocate of the Navy as a Co-chairman of the Secretary of the Navy Retired Affairs from 1983–86, honorary board chairman, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Navy League of the United States, Fleet Reserve Association, a member on the board of advisors to San Diego Armed Services YMCA, and president of the United Armed Forces Association.

Awards and decorations[edit]

En-NavyAircrew.jpg Naval Aircrew Warfare Specialist insignia
MCPON Full.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Identification Badge
Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngSilver-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Good Conduct Medal with one silver and two bronze service stars
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Korean Service Medal
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
United Nations Korea Medal ribbon.svg United Nations Korea Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon with 60- clasp.svg Vietnam Campaign Medal


  1. ^ Affairs, This story was written by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Bill Houlihan, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Public. "Navy's Fourth MCPON Passes Away". Retrieved 3 September 2016. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Walker
4th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
28 September 1979 – 1 October 1982
Succeeded by
Billy C. Sanders