Eternal Patrol – EMC(SS) Lawrence Patrick Crowley


Jack Gallimore, Base Chaplain,


It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of a Shipmate. 
Lawrence Patrick Crowley, 97, of Oldsmar, FL, formerly of New London and Meriden, CT, died on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Lawrence was born in New London, CT on May 8, 1920, the fourth child of John and Annie (Sullivan) Crowley. He was a proud 1938 graduate of Bulkeley High School.

Lawrence joined the US Navy in September 1939. He started out on the USS Humphreys (DD-236) before he volunteered for Submarines. He was discharged from the Navy in September 1945 as a EMC(SS).

He Qualified in Submarines in 1940 on the USS R-12 (SS-89). He also served on the submarines USS Haddo (SS-255) and USS Gunnel (SS-253).

Lawrence was a life member of the U S. Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI) Groton Base since 2001. He was also a member of the US Submarine Veterans of WWII. 

He was extremely proud that he was a distinguished member of the USSVI Holland Club, an honor for those submariners that were “Qualified in Submarines” for 50 years or more (since September 2001). 

After the Navy, he attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. He then returned to his hometown and worked at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division in Groton, CT. 

He is predeceased by his wife, Edna Bednarczyk.

Lawrence is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Jean Crowley of Holmdel, NJ; two daughters, Laureen Crowley of Orlando, FL, Helen Anne Crowley of Oldsmar, FL; four grandchildren, Christine Higley, Brody Algier, Austin Algier, and Brendan Crowley, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held on Monday January 15th  at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, Palm Harbor, FL. A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, January 16 at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, Safety Harbor, FL.

There will be a Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, New London, CT, followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery and a celebration at Ocean Beach Park in June.

“There is a port of no return, where ships may ride at anchor for a little space.
And then some starless night the cable slips, leaving only an eddy at the mooring place. Gulls veer no longer, Sailor rest your oar.
No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.”

Hand Salute
EMC(SS) Lawrence Patrick Crowley . . . Rest your oar. 
Ready Two ! 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *