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First Name: Terrence

Last Name: Crowe


Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: K.

Date of Birth: 09 August 1960

Date of Death: 07 June 2005

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Years Served:
Terrence K. Crowe

•  Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) (2003 - 2011)


Terrence K. Crowe
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
KIA - Operation Iraqi Freedom

Terrence K. Crowe was born on 9 August 1960 to George F. and Mary Ann (Kumro) Crowe.

Crowe was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves 98th Division based in Rochester, NY. On 7 June 2005, he was killed by hostile fire from insurgents while training Iraqi security forces in Tal Afar, Iraq, near the Syrian border in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Crowe was one of four U.S. soldiers killed in three separate attacks that day and was the fourth member of the Rochester-based 98th Division to die in Iraq.

"This is a sad day," said Tom Arida, Crowe's former boss at ABest, a North Tonawanda, NY, construction firm where Crowe worked as a carpenter until about three years ago. Arida called Crowe "an artist" whose work was unique in the industry. "He always wanted to make a difference, give people something more than they were asking for," an emotional Arida said. "He was that way here and it was the same in the military. He wanted to give something back."

Crowe, a father of two whose Army career spanned 17 years, including 10 years on active duty, left the construction company to become an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Canisius College in Buffalo, training ROTC cadets. A colleague there remembered Crowe as a fine instructor, whose cadets performed above the national average. "He was a very dynamic personality," said Lt. Col. Jim Bagwell, commander of the college's ROTC detachment, "very outspoken, very passionate about doing things in the best way possible." Crowe attended the college's commissioning ceremony while on leave a few weeks ago, Bagwell said. "He told a couple of war stories but the gist of it was he was impressed that people, knowing the danger they were in, would do what they had to do anyway," Bagwell said, "knowing they were going out into a risky situation." Bagwell said Crowe's daughter is graduating high school this year, and his son is a couple of years older.

A spokesman for the 98th Division could not say whether other soldiers had been killed or wounded in Tuesday's attack in the northern town of Tal Afar. Maj. James Lincoln said Crowe had been part of a military transition team mentoring Iraqi troops. "They were in Tal Afar looking for insurgents when the attack took place," Lincoln said. "He was there as a trainer, an adviser. Three of the 98th Division's four casualties have died while training Iraqi security forces," Lincoln said. More than 1,000 troops from the unit are currently mobilized and Crowe had been in Iraq since October 2004.

Death and Burial

Lieutenant Colonel Terrence K. Crowe was killed in action on 7 June 2005 in Tal Afar, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He resided in Grand Island, NY, at the time of his death. He is buried at Saint Stephens Cemetery in Middleport, Niagara County, NY.

He was the beloved father of Jeremiah J. and Clara Louise Crowe; son of Col. George F. and Mary Ann (Kumro) Crowe; brother of Kate (Matt) Olin, Peggy (Randy) White, Dan (Michelle) Crowe and Molly (CJ) Grace; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Honoree ID: 2398   Created by: MHOH




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