LeRoy Collins Commentary 101

Commentary #101
22 October 2007

RE: Passing of Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr. USNA Class of 1947

I visited Admiral Crowe in his London office at Grosvenor Square when he was Ambassador to the Court of St. James. When I told him I was a former submariner, but now in the credit and debit cards business, he was quick to say he used neither card, but his wife did so, and, indeed, she used her plastic cards too much.

One could not help but notice he had an extensive collection of military hats on his office wall, the most prominent one of which had belonged to the Soviet Chairman of their Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marshall Sergei Akromayev...which was sent to Bill Crowe AFTER Akromayev committed suicide...by the widow. They had become "friends" in 1990 when the Berlin Wall came down. But Bill Crowe speculated the whole Soviet collapse was deemed by Akromayev as a Soviet failure, which made him feel overbearing pain he could not endure as the principal leader of the vast Soviet military at the time.

Sounds similar to the fate of popular Field Marshall Erwin Rommel in Germany during WWII.



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This email is being sent to the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees, Class and Chapter Presidents.

It is with great sadness and a sense of profound loss that I inform you of the death of one of our renowned graduates, Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., Class of 1947. Admiral Crowe was a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award in 2001 and served with distinction as a military leader and as a statesman. In spite of an incredibly busy life, Admiral Crowe found the time to give back to his alma mater as president of his class, a Life Member of the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation. Additionally, he returned to Annapolis as the Olin Fellow in the political science department at the Academy.

The September 2001 Shipmate described Admiral Crowe as a “Warrior, diplomat, nuclear engineer, doctorate in politics; Admiral Crowe is a true ‘Renaissance Man.’ He has held the highest position in our military, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and has been an ambassador to our closest ally, Great Britain.”

I know you will all join me in mourning the loss of a great American who gave much to his country, the Navy, and the Naval Academy. Our deepest sympathies go out to the entire Crowe family, especially his wife of 53 years, Shirley.

George P. Watt, Jr. ‘73
President & CEO
U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation


/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.


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