Capt. Edmund A. Crenshaw Jr. (1891-1975) was an officer in the U.S. Navy and later in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1908, graduating and being commissioned Ensign in 1912. By 1918 he had been promoted to Lieutenant-Commander. He resigned from the regular Navy in 1919. In that same year he was commissioned Lieutenant-Commander in the USNRF. He rose to the rank of Captain in 1943. He was ordered to active duty in February 1941 and released February 1946. Crenshaw was involved with mercantile escort convoys in the Atlantic during WWII.
Papers of Edmund Crenshaw documenting his career in the U.S. Navy. Materials include: a small number of memos related to his commission in the Navy, initially assigned to USS Connecticut in 1912 and then to USS Chester in 1915; memos and correspondence from 1919 regarding Crenshaw’s resignation as Lieutenant-Commander of USS Alert (Submarine Base); and records related to training cruises, including authorizations to report for active duty for training and reports on cruises, circa 1920s. Records from WWII period include: commissions; memos regarding promotions; orders and ships’ itineraries; travel records; leave notices; and reports of convoy movements submitted by Capt. Crenshaw. Other materials in the collection include: a copy of a 1923 speech on submarines by Commander H. M. Bemis, U.S. Navy; and a 1956 letter related to an article on submarines; photographs of USS Olympia, USS Philadelphia, USS Hartford, USS Portsmouth, the fleet in San Francisco, sailors; and a painting of a gun being fired.
- World War, 1939-1945–Naval operations
- United States. Navy –Officers
- Military records