John Sherman Crow was born in Bastrop, Louisiana and graduated Bastrop High School in 1955. He received the BS degree from Northwestern State College of Louisiana in 1959.
He entered active duty at Fort Knox, Kentucky in 1959 as a Cavalry Officer and began what lead to an extensive and impressive command history. He commanded a cavalry platoon and troop in 3rd Cavalry, a tank company in 3d Armored Division, a tank squadron in the 11th Hussars (PAO), a British regiment posted in north Germany. He commanded a cavalry squadron in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and he was the 49th Colonel of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse). His last tactical command was as Commanding General, 2nd Armored Division (Forward) in north Germany.
Crow had an equally impressive series of staff assignments on the Army Staff working on tank system developments and as Deputy Director for Operations, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Crow received the MBA degree from the University of Alabama in 1973, graduated from the National War College in 1979 and was made a National Institute of Higher Defense Studies Fellow in 1983.
Many will remember then Colonel Crow in a 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace along the East/West German border while Crow commanded the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse).
He is a decorated combat veteran having served multiple tours in Vietnam.
He was the 2012 recipient of the Order of Saint George Gold Medallion, one of Cavalry and Armor’s most prestigious awards.
General Crow is retired and resides in his home state of Louisiana where he has served as a volunteer with non-profit charitable organizations. His passion in retirement was leading the revitalization of The Blackhorse Association that mainly supports educational opportunities for children of the Blackhorse Regiment.