Robert Hazlett Crawford Obituary
 
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Robert Hazlett Crawford

August 15, 1912 - October 14, 2013
Obituary

Robert H. Crawford died on October 14, 2013 at age 101. He was born in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia on August 15, 1912. He became an Eagle Scout in 1930. He attended the University of Alabama and received a second lieutenant's commission in 1935 through Reserve Officers Training Corps but was not called to active duty. In 1936, he helped his ailing father maintain delivery trucks under a Works Progress Administration program. In 1938, he became a safety engineer, inspecting mechanical systems to determine insurability. On October 8, 1938, he married Ruth Helen Renz, also a native of Roxborough, whom he had known since...
Robert H. Crawford died on October 14, 2013 at age 101. He was born in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia on August 15, 1912. He became an Eagle Scout in 1930. He attended the University of Alabama and received a second lieutenant's commission in 1935 through Reserve Officers Training Corps but was not called to active duty. In 1936, he helped his ailing father maintain delivery trucks under a Works Progress Administration program. In 1938, he became a safety engineer, inspecting mechanical systems to determine insurability. On October 8, 1938, he married Ruth Helen Renz, also a native of Roxborough, whom he had known since childhood. In early 1942, they bought a house in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Becaue of his reserve officer training, he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Army in May, 1942. He served as a company commander in the 12th Engineer Battalion, attached to the 8th Infantry Division. He trained in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri and Arizona before being deployed to Northern Ireland in December, 1943. He landed in France in June, 1944, as part of the 8th Infantry Division staff and was notified by telegram in August, 1944, of the birth of his first son, Robert, Jr. Badly wounded in the Huertgen Forest, Germany, in January,1945, he spent most of the next two years in hospitals, first in Europe, then in Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan, until being medically retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1947. He settled in the Philadelphia suburbs and worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for over 20 year. A second son, Charles, was born in 1949. In 1969, he retired from Met Life and moved to Harrington, Delaware, where he volunteered at Grace Lutheran Church. For 25 years he voluntarily picked up trash from the park and roads near his house in Dunedin and was named a city volunteer of the year. He was a life member of the Military Officers Association of America. Ruth, his wife of 61 years, died in July, 1999. He is survived by his two sons (both of whom served in the Air Force in Vietnam and retired as colonels), his neice Carol Taylor, his granddaughter Kim, grandson Scott and great grandsons Austin and Adam.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Instead of flowers, please contribute to VetDogs www.vetdogs.org or Fisher House www.fisherhouse.org.

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