Service above self: Lt. James “Jimmy” Eugene Crotty

Lt. James Crotty was recently remembered by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Philippine coast guard in a ceremony commemorating his efforts to defend Corregidor, May 9, 2017. While his story is not well known, he is single handedly responsible for the inclusion of the Philippine Defense Battle Streamer adorning the Coast Guard ensign. Lt. James “Jimmy” Eugene Crotty should be remembered for his bravery, his willingness to serve his fellow man and his enduring positivity in the face of defeat, loss and ultimate sacrifice.

The Long Blue Line: Jimmy Crotty and the Battle for Corregidor

Lt. Jimmy Crotty was a hero who’s actions during the Battle for Corregidor singlehandedly earned the Coast Guard the Defense of the Philippines battle streamer. He was posthumously honored with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart nearly 67 years after his death as a prisoner of war at Cabanatuan Prison Camp in 1943.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy football team enters Cadet Memorial Field to battle the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in the Secretary's Cup Sept. 8, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Coast Guard Academy football dedicates season to WWII hero

As the Coast Guard Academy Bears head into a rivalry game more than four decades in the making – the highly anticipated Secretaries’ Cup – the football team has come together to celebrate the life of Lt. James Crotty by dedicating the 2014 football season to his memory, raising the profile of a hero who truly lived and died by the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.