Jean Allen Crandall

Submitted by: Chris Mulholland

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Jean Allen Crandall served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919.


Jean Allen Crandall served in the Spanish-American War in Havana, Cuba. Almost 20 years later, at the age of 37, Jean entered service again. On 6 April 1917 the US declared war against Germany and American forces finally entered the “War to End All Wars.” Sometime in late 1917 or early 1918, Jean received a commission in the US Army’s Quartermaster Corps as a Second Lieutenant.

On 29 Mar 1918, he was promoted to First Lieutenant and was listed in the New York Times of 30 March 1918: “Special to the New York Times. The War Department published the following army orders today: Quartermaster Corps. Following promoted to be 1st Lts.: Crandall, J.A.”

At some point during the next 18 months, Jean received another promotion, this time to Captain. The “Official List of Officers of the Officers’ Reserve Corps of the Army of the United States, Vol I, 31 Aug 1919”, page 54, includes, “Crandall, Jean Allen, capt. Q.M.R.C. [Quartermaster Corps] … Ill[inois].” And “Vol VIII, Officers Residing in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, 31 Aug 1919”, page 6, lists him as a Captain in the Quartermaster Corps, “Crandall, Jean Allen … [address] 1768 Winnemack Avenue, Chicago … [born] Jan 29, 1880.”

He lived to the ripe old age of 93.