They say sometimes the best awards are those you didn’t even know you won and an Indiana veteran likely agrees. Recently, the state awarded the 98-year-old World War II veteran its second-highest award.
Going to the Veteran of Foreign Wars under a pretense, Frank Crowe had no clue he’d soon be receiving Indiana’s second-highest honor. Pal Item reports State Senator Jeff Raatz and State Representative Brad Barrett presented the hero with a Circle of Corydon Award. Crowe received the award in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Kirk Little Post 1108, much to his surprise. “He was kind of stunned,” Crowe’s oldest son Bob told the outlet. “He was surprised but felt really honored to receive this acknowledgment.”
Governor Eric Holcomb signed the award and created it as an alternative to the Sycamore of the Wabash award. It serves as an acknowledgment to those who have made remarkable contributions and bettered the state.
Bob Crowe said the application came to be after his father met legislators at a Memorial Day observance. After Crowe talked about serving under General Douglas MacArthur in the South Pacific, this prompted them to dig deeper into his life. During the war, he was stationed in New Guinea and the Admiralty Island before shipping off to the Leyte Gulf in the South Philippines. After the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Japan, Crowe went to Yokohama, Japan where he was among the first troops stationed there after the war ended. Upon learning this, the legislators applied for the Circle of Corydon on his behalf.
Funnily enough, Bob also said finding a suitable time to present the veteran his award proved to be one of the biggest problems. Eventually, they decided to conduct the ceremony at the VFW, a place Crowe frequented and is a member of.
Military Veteran Recently Honored and Gifted a House
Frank Crowe isn’t the only military veteran lately receiving a substantial gift. However, in this case, the service member didn’t receive an award, but a house.
The local Jacksonville, Florida Habitat for Humanity affiliate, HabiJax, made National Guard veteran Ebony Dobson’s dream come true. Happy not just for herself, but her 10-year-old son, Dobson couldn’t believe the generosity. “Today means stability for me and my son,” Dobson said. “Of course, a beautiful yard to play in and to make many memories with my family.”
And what a home it is. CSX sponsored everything and pulled out all the stops, making sure the house had two stories, a spacious kitchen, and plenty of outdoor room. According to Dobson, one of the biggest boons is her son’s bedroom. “This is so perfect. I don’t have to hear too much gaming up here.”
The endeavor has been a year in the making, News4Jax reports, with well over 200 hours going into it.