Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr.
to enlarge |Artist: Mike
Sponsor: Sen. Glenn Coffee
Dedication: April 14, 2004
Size: 24" x 30"
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: 4th floor, Senate Lounge
William J. Crowe, Jr., was
born in 1925. His family moved to Oklahoma in his youth
and he grew up in Oklahoma City. After a year at the University
of Oklahoma, Crowe transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy,
graduating in 1946.
Following an early career in
submarines, Crowe served in 1954–55 at the White
House as the Assistant Naval Attaché to President
Dwight D. Eisenhower. He received a Master's degree in
Education from Stanford University. Crowe commanded the
submarine, USS Wahoo, from 1957 to 1959.
In 1962, Crowe entered Princeton
University for graduate studies and three years later, received
a Ph.D. in Politics. He then served on the staff of the Chief
of Naval Operations in Washington.
Crowe served in Vietnam as the
Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Navy Riverine Force in the
Mekong Delta. Following his promotion to rear admiral, Crowe
commanded U.S. Naval Forces in the Persian Gulf. He then
was promoted to vice admiral and became the Deputy Chief
of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations.
In 1980, he was promoted to 4-star
rank and was named Commander in Chief of NATO forces in Southern
Europe, with headquarters in Naples, Italy. In 1983, he was
named the Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces, the largest
geographic command in the U.S. military.
In 1985, President Reagan appointed
Crowe the 11th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the
nation's highest military position. He served until October
1989, having declined an invitation from President Bush to
remain in the position. President Clinton named Crowe the
Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory
Board in 1993.
Simon & Schuster published
Admiral Crowe's book, "In the Line of Fire," in
1994. Also in 1994, Crowe was confirmed by the Senate as
the American Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, a position he held until September
He is married to the former Shirley
Grennell of Okeene, Oklahoma. They have three children.
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