Born in Atlanta, on March 21, 1926, Charles Lamar Crawley, Jr. was raised in the West End neighborhood. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Crawley joined the Georgia State Guard where he supported the U.S. Army as a Morse code radio operator near Brunswick, Georgia, with duty on the islands of Ossabaw, Little Cumberland, and Little St. Simons. After four months, the State Guard operation was recalled and Crawley returned to Atlanta, now old enough to join the U.S. Navy. Crawley served with the Navy in California as an air traffic controller during World War II and then as a Reserve officer in the Philippines during the Korean War. He recorded his Legacy Series oral history at the Museum of History and Holocaust Education in 2023, shortly after his 97th birthday.
Charles Lamar Crawley Jr. Interview, April 19, 2023, 45035, Legacy Series Oral History Program, 2013-, KSU/14/05/03/001, Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Kennesaw State University.
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