Cranford, Eric Allen, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1999-2001, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1992 - 2001
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Falls Church, VA

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 2001
Hostile, Died
Intentional Homicide
Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 64 Site 4866

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
United States Navy Memorial September 11, 2001 Fallen
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  2013, September 11, 2001 Fallen [Verified]

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
U.S. Navy Lt. CDR Eric Allen Cranford,  had worked under the chief of naval operations in the Pentagon since April 1999 and was in the building when American Airlines Flight 77 struck it on that fateful date 9/11/2001.

After his flight training and the receiving of his wings, Eric opted to train as a helicopter pilot. During two tours in the Persian Gulf, he flew off the U.S.S. Gettysburg and the U.S.S. Carr. Throughout his training and assignments, he met and developed lasting friendships with men now serving our Nation both at home and throughout the world. 

Eric’s last land tour was an assignment to the Pentagon. He enjoyed the challenge of his work in the Naval Command Post, during which he was selected as Lieutenant Commander. Pursuing learning still, in the evenings he completed half of the required hours toward his MBA through the University of Maryland.

Eric was a patriot. He was proud to be an American and he was proud to be a naval helicopter pilot helping to defend the American way of life. This was made powerfully clear by thoughts he wrote in his personal journal on D-Day Memorial Day. On June 6, 1994, he wrote:

"Imagine a cause where a nation would agree that the cause was worth risking everything. If everything were to be lost, then that would be justified because failure was less acceptable than death. "

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLCOMTRAWING 4COMTRAWING 5HSL-40 Air Wolves
USS Gettysburg (CG-64)HSL-48 VipersUSS Mcinerney (FFG-8)USS Carr (FFG-52)
Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
  1992-1993, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1993-1994, COMTRAWING 4
  1994-1995, 131X, COMTRAWING 5
  1995-1995, 131X, HSL-40 Air Wolves
  1995-1996, 131X, USS Gettysburg (CG-64)
  1995-1999, 131X, HSL-48 Vipers
  1997-1997, 131X, USS Mcinerney (FFG-8)
  1998-1999, 131X, USS Carr (FFG-52)
  1999-2001, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon
 Colleges Attended 
North Carolina State UniversityUniversity of Maryland at College Park
  1988-1992, North Carolina State University
  2001-2001, University of Maryland at College Park
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Service Dates and Internment Date
  Sep 01, 2014, General Photos2
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