William E. Crowley

World War II
Service #16004052
RankSergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Unit372nd Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From
Illinois
Date of DeathJuly 15, 1944
StatusMissing In Action
Memorialized Walls of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines

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Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 5 April 1917 have been wounded or killed in action against an enemy of the United States or an opposing armed force, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict, as the result of acts of enemy or hostile opposing forces, as a result of terrorist attacks or attacks on peacekeeping forces since 28 March 1973, or by friendly fire in circumstance as described above.

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Air Medal

The Air Medal, established by Executive Order on 11 May 1942 and amended by Executive Order on 11 September 1942, is awarded to a person who, while serving with the United States Armed Forces, has distinguished himself or herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may recognize single acts of heroism or merit, or may recognize sustained meritorious service over a period of six months or more. The Air Medal primarily recognizes personnel on flight status requiring frequent participation in aerial flight. It may be awarded to personnel not on flight status whose duties require frequent flight other than in a passenger status. The Air Medal ranks behind the Distinguished Flying Cross in order of precedence.

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Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was established by Executive Order on 6 November 1942 as amended on 15 March 1946. It is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for service in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater between 7 December 1941 and 2 March 1946. Service must have been: on permanent assignment, in passenger or temporary duty status for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days, or in active combat and awarded a combat award or a certificate stipulating combat participation by corps command equivalent or higher. One bronze service star may be affixed for participation in each constituent official campaign. An arrowhead device may be affixed for participation in a combat parachute jump, helicopter assault landing, combat glider landing, or amphibious assault landing.

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World War II Victory Medal

The World War II Victory Medal, established by Act of Congress on 6 July 1945, is awarded for military service between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946, both dates inclusive.

Air Medal, Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Honorable Service Lapel Button, Gold Star Label Button