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CHARLES L. CRAWFORD
U. S. Naval Hospital Corps School
Charles Lester Crawford, Medical Service Corps, USN,
Executive Officer of the U. S. Naval Hospital Corps School,
San Diego, was born in Altoona, Iowa, 7 April 1901, where
he attended public schools, and where he was employed as
a pharmacisfs apprentice until his enlistment in the Navy
in April, 1919. He has had continuous service since then,
except for three and a half months between his first and
In 1934 he was appointed Pharmacist, Chief Pharmacist
in 1940, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Hospital Corps, 1942,
Lieutenant, HC, 19443, Lieutenant Commander, HC, 1945, and
Commander, MSC, 1952.
During his enlisted service, 1919 to 1934, Commander
Crawford trained at Great Lakes, saw general hospital corps
duty at the Receiving Ship in Bremerton, San Francisco and
New York, recruiting duty in Des Moines, served in Naval
Hospitals at Pearl Harbor and Great Lakes, saw sea duty in
the USS Seattle, USS Sands, USS Whitney, and USS Relief.
From 1931 to 1935 he was Recorder for the Naval Examining
Boards at the Washington, D. C., Medical School.
Prior to World War II, Commander Crawford was ac-
counting Officer at the USN Hospitals in Pensacola, Florida,
and Canacao, P.l., and from 1939 to 1941 he was Instruc-
tion Officer and Personnel Officer at the NH Corps School,
Portsmouth, Va. He was Stores Issue Officer at the Brooklyn
Naval Supply Depot when the U. S. entered the War.
Commissioned a Lieutenant ljgl in 1942, he was ordered
to the Naval Base at Rosneath, Scotland, where he served
a year as Administrative Assistant to the Base Medical Offi-
cer, and in June, 1943, he was made Administrative Assistant
to the Force Medical Officer on the Staff of Commander,
Naval Forces, North African waters. He held this post until
April, 1944, and won the Bronze Star Medal with Combat
Following were tours as Administrative Assistant to the
Medical Officer of First Naval District, Boston, and Medical
Officer in Command at the Medical Center, Bethesda. His
next tour was with the Armed Services Medical Regulating
Office, where he served as Executive Officer, Deputy Chief
ln 1953 he was Medical Administrative Officer on the
Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, and from Oc-
tober, 1954, to October, 1957, he was Commanding Officer,
USN School of Hospital Administration, Bethesda, where
he earned a letter of commendation from Surgeon General
Admiral Bartholomew W. Hogan.
Commander Crawford is married to the former Agnes
Clarke of St. Charles, Iowa. Their official address is 7705
13th Street, NW, Washington, D. C.
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