Private Henry Robert Crowder was the son of John Crowder and Vena Troutman. He was married to the former Ruth Clara Williams. They had two children, Robert Dwayne, and Lynda K. Crowder. He was inducted into the Army March 19, 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe,  Ga. and received training at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, Elkins, W.Va., and Fort Dix, N.J. He went overseas in March, 1944 and served in England and Ireland before going to France. In civilian life he was employed in Washington D.C., and in Johnson City.

Crowder was assigned to the 217th Military Police Company. He was Killed in Action on 23 August 1944 and was interred at the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, located at A,2,23.

A plaque (see below) is dedicated to him in the small village of La Roche Guyon, France.

Photo courtesy; Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)


  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 3 February 1915
  • Date of death: 23 August 1944
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Hampton
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 217th Military Police Company
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
  • Sponsored by: Laurence Hénault

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