THE JOHN CROUSE MEMORIAL PAGE

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                           

JOHN CROUSE WAS A RETIRED NUKE MACHINIST MATE CHIEF WHO SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK WHILE ATTENDING THE SUBVETS CONVENTION IN CINCINNATTI, OHIO.

JOHN PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2010

 

AS THE MANAGER OF THE SUBMARINE MUSEUM IN ST. MARYS, JOHN WAS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZING THE EFFORTS TO RAISE FUNDS AND GET THE BANCROFT SAIL MEMORIAL ERECTED OUTSIDE THE GATE AT KINGS BAY, GA. SUB BASE.  HIS TEAM CONTACTED AS MANY FORMER BANCROFT CREW MEMBERS AS HE COULD FIND TO INVITE US ALL TO THE SAIL DEDICATION IN 1999. AFTER THAT GATHERING,  ON THAT SAME WEEKEND, THE USS GEORGE BANCROFT SSBN 643 ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED.

THE REST IS HISTORY.

JOHN CROUSE, THE MAN:

JOHN WAS FROM ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN AND SHORTLY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, HE WAS IN THE NAVY ON SUBMARINES. HE SERVED ON THE USS FLASHER (QUALIFIED IN 1972), USS PUFFER & USS BUFFALO AND SUBMARINE SQUADRON 1 IN THE 70's AND 80's IN PEARL HARBOR. WHILE AT CSS-1 HE WENT TAD IN WEST PACK FOR A 4 DAY TRIP AND QUALIFIED EWS (ENGINEERING WATCH SUPERVISOR) ON THE USS CAVALLA IN 1983 TO HELP SUPPORT THE WATCH BILL. HE WAS THEN ON BOARD THE SUB TENDER USS CANOPUS, R-10 BULL NUKE  ANRO, AT KINGS BAY SUB BASE IN THE EARLY 90's BEFORE RETIRING FROM THE NAVY IN 1992.

TWO YEARS LATER, IN DECEMBER OF 1994, JOHN BECAME INVOLVED WITH THE SUBMARINE MUSEUM AT ST. MARYS, GEORGIA. HE WAS THE MUSEUM'S MANAGER SINCE 1996 AND HE WAS A GREAT SUPPORTER OF THE BANCROFT ASSOCIATION, AS WELL AS BEING INVOLVED WITH THE KINGS BAY BASE SUBVETS,US SUBVETS OF WWII, TRIDENT CHAPTER-GA STATE DEP CMDR, THE KINGS BAY SUBASE GOAT LOCKER, THE VFW, AMERICAN LEGION AND THE FRA.

HE ATTENDED SEVERAL OF OUR REUNIONS (ABOUT 4) AND HE DONATED MANY ITEMS, TIME AND EFFORT TO SUPPORT OUR AUCTIONS AND RAFFLES OVER THE YEARS.

THE SUBMARINE COMMUNITY HAS LOST A GREAT TROOPER AND HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED

"SMOOTH SAILING ON YOUR ETERNAL PATROL JOHN"

SALUTE:  TO!