Armed Forces News

The remains of Lt. James Crotty, the Coast Guard’s last known member who had been listed as missing in action and a prisoner of war, are home. Crotty died in a Japanese prison camp 77 years ago after being captured by the Japanese when the Philippines fell during World War II. He died of diphtheria and was buried in a common grave in July 1942. While the remains of Crotty and others buried in the grave were exhumed and moved to the U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery No. 2 in Manila, they remained unidentified until January 2019. At that point, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred the remains and identified them as Crotty’s. His remains were flown aboard a Coast Guard HC-130 to Sacramento, Calif., where they would be moved again to his hometown of Niagara, N.Y., for a full military ceremony.