Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

RIP Admiral William J. Crowe

On October 30, we laid to rest a remarkable American Hero. Admiral William Crowe began his illustrious career when he was appointed as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Ronald Reagan. He served through the Bush administration until his retirement from the Navy in 1989.

Under the leadership of President Clinton, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was appointed as Ambassador for the United Kingdom. He was well received not only because of his intellect, but because he was very frank and had a keen sense of humor. He was once accused of not supporting the inclusion of Northern Ireland into the United Kingdom and was asked, "How would you feel if Mexico took back Texas?" To which he quickly replied, "I'm from Oklahoma, we've been trying to give back Texas for a hundred years."

During his tenure in leadership, Crowe was one of the first and definetly the highest ranked individuals to be vocal about the homophobic stance of Congress' "Don't ask, don't tell" legislation. He was a strong supporter of gays in the military and should be remembered as an ally for our cause. Let's not forget this hero.

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