Crouter, Mark H., CDR

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Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, 111X, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
Service Years
1919 - 1942

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Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
Hostile, Died
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Solomon Islands
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
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USS Enterprise (CV-6)US Navy
  1938-1942, 144X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1941-1942, 111X, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1915-1919, United States Naval Academy
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Last Known Activity

                                       FINAL DUTY STATION

                                      EXECUTIVE  OFFICER

                               U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38)


Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Mark Hanna Crouter (0-055937), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Executive Officer of the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area on the night of 12 and 13 November 1942. Although suffering from severe wounds received at the outset of the engagement, Commander Crouter, with sturdy endurance and courageous disregard for his own personal safety, remained aboard his ship rather than submit to transfer for medical treatment. Determined to render further assistance in the conduct of the SAN FRANCISCO, despite intense pain and waning strength, he carried on with grim perseverance until he was killed during the course of night action against the enemy. His unyielding devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Commander Mark Hanna Crouter (NSN: 0-55937), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a duty of great responsibility as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during operations against the enemy in the South Pacific Area culminating in a highly successful night action against an equal or superior force on the night of 11 - 12 October 1942. In a large measure, the heavy damage inflicted by the SAN FRANCISCO was due to his splendid leadership in operation and administration. The high morale, coolness, skill and teamwork displayed by officers and crew in night battle is attributable to a great extent to the organization and training which he did so much to perfect. His conduct and example have been in accord with the best traditions the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 030517 (June 29, 1945)

Action Date: October 11 - 12, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Company: Executive Officer

Division: U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38)


                                    U.S.S. Crouter (DE-11)

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