Thaddeus G. Crapster
Captain, United States Coast Guard
Head of Norfolk District, 40, Years in Coast Guard Service
July 27, 1941 – Captain Thaddeus G. Crapster, Commander of the Norfolk District, United States Coast Guard, died on Friday in Norfolk, Virginia, according to word received here yesterday. His age was 63.
Captain Crapster was born in Taneytown, Maryland, became a cadet in the Coast Guard Service in 1901, was made an Ensign in 1904 and was appointed Captain in 1930. He served at almost all the stations of the Coast Guard on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts. During the World War he commanded a naval transport.
He was in charge of the cutter Onondaga years ago when that vessel saved twenty-two men from a Danish ship stranded off the North Carolina coast. Captain Crapster came to Norfolk four years ago from Coast Guard Headquarters, where he had been Personnel Officer.
He had also served as Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, and as Inspector of the Eastern Area, with offices in the Federal Building on Staten Island.
Captain Crapster leaves a widow, a son, Ensign Thaddeus G. Crapster, Jr., of Norfolk, and two sisters, Mrs. Alice C. Cox of Washington and Mrs. George M. Wright of Philadelphia.
A funeral services was held yesterday in Arlington
RAPSTER, LOUISE PHILLIPS W/O THADDOUS G
Posted: 31 August 2007