W N Crawford III was born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 7th, 1925. He is descended from 8 Revolutionary War Patriots as confirmed by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).
He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant (WW II) as a Bombardier/Navigator in the Army Air Corps and was trained on the A-26 attack bombers for night path-finder missions in the Pacific theater at the end of the war.
W N Crawford III graduated as a Petroleum Engineer from the University of Pittsburgh in 1948. He married Jeannette Satterfield (DAR) and they lived on 6 continents while working in the oil industry (mostly in drilling management operations) and raising 5 children. The last project was a 20,000' well in Israel at Sodom in the Dead Sea.
He retired in 1996 and volunteered at the VA hospital in Asheville, NC. He has received awards from the state of North Carolina, several local organizations, and the SAR for volunteer efforts. He retired to Friendswood in 2003.
He is a member of the Color Guard of the Etowah Society of the Eastern Cherokees in Western North Carolina and has been accepted as a member of their Yellow Star Society for service. He was also a member of the Buncombe Co, NC Veterans Memorial Team and volunteered for other entities as a member of Bugles Across America. He has participated in over 500 veteran funerals.
Most recently W N Crawford has organized and or participated in 3 Memorial Day ceremonies and is currently organizing a patriotic program (July 4th) termed SUNDAY ON THE POST at the Friendswood Senior Center.
W N Crawford is presenting two separate programs at the Friendswood Public Library:
Wednesday, August 24th at 7pm
David LeFevre Crawford’s Civil War: Just after Ft Sumter fell, enlisted as Private in 13th Pennsylvania, wounded as Adjutant 139th Pennsylvania, 6th Corps just before Appomattox. W N Crawford will talk about the 6th Corps in two decisive battles, Gettysburg and Cedar Creek, and will recount the life and events of this Civil War soldier through story, images, and song.
Wednesday, October 5th at 7pm
Legendary Norden Bombsight: The Norden bombsight was used by the United States Army Air Forces and the United States Navy during World War II to aid the crew of bomber aircraft in dropping bombs accurately. Its operation was a closely guarded secret of World War II. W N Crawford will present his training as a WW II Bombardier/Navigator with pictures detailing the operation of the bombsight.