WWII service earns 4 medals for valor
Four medals have been awarded posthumously to a New Yorker who served with four U.S. armed services and was part of the American defense of the Philippines in World War II. Coast Guard Lt. Thomas "Jimmy" Crotty was assigned to the Navy's Asiatic Fleet three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. After the Japanese invaded the Philippines, Crotty served with a Navy mine-removal unit, then joined Army and Marine infantry companies defending Bataan and the island of Corregidor. Crotty was 30 when he died in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1942. One of Crotty's relatives received his posthumous Bronze Star, Purple Heart, the Prisoner of War Medal and the Philippines Defense Medal during a ceremony Thursday in Buffalo.