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Raymond R. Crooks

Private, U.S. Army

33375895

157th Infantry Regiment
45th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: September 13, 1943
Buried at: Plot J Row 1 Grave 39
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy
Awards: Purple Heart
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PRIVATE RAYMOND R. CROOKS was born in New Jersey to Robert and Caroline Crooks  in 1921. At the time of the April 1930 Federal census, his father gave his occupation as an inspector for a railroad. Besides Raymond Crooks, the family included two older stepsisters, Eleanor (Ella) and Anna, and older sister, Roberta, and two younger sisters, Beatrice and Mildred. The family had made its home at 1015 Sylvan Avenue in Oaklyn NJ from at least 1930.

Raymond Crooks was inducted into the Army from a draft board in Pennsylvania on October 1, 1942. At some point he was assigned to the 157th Infantry regiment, 45th Infantry Division. He went overseas in June of 1943. He took part in the invasion and conquest of Sicily. He was with the 157th when American forces landed at Salerno Italy on September 10, 1943. The 179th Infantry and 157th Infantry engaged in heavy fighting at Ponte Sele and the Tobacco Factory. On September 13, 1943 Private Crooks was killed in action at the age of 22 near Paestum, Italy. He was survived by his parents and five sisters, Mrs. Eleanor Whiteside of New York, Mrs. Anna Gennett, Mrs. Roberta Trescilla, Miss Beatrice Crooks, and Miss Mildred Crooks, all of Oaklyn. His death was reported in the November 5, 1943 edition of the Camden Courier-Post.



Raymond R. Crooks


BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Army

HOMETOWN
Oaklyn, NJ

HONORED BY
Ron Giberson, Cousin

 
ACTIVITY DURING WWII
HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION NEAR PAESTUM, ITALY IN SEPTEMBER, 1943.

 


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