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Brigadier General (Ret) John Sherman Crow

The passing of the beloved 49th Regimental Commanding Officer Brigadier General (Ret.) John Sherman Crow

John Sherman Crow
Brigadier General (Ret.) John Sherman Crow passed away on April 7, 2024 in Natchez, Mississippi, after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was the proud 49th Colonel of the Blackhorse Regiment and Past President of the Blackhorse Association.
There are not enough words, nor words large enough, to capture what General Crow has meant to the Blackhorse Regiment and its Association. He was the epitome of a concerned cavalry leader, and he truly loved the Regiment and its troopers. He was one of a few who in 2006 worked hard to save the then-failing Blackhorse Association; he became its president and during his term with the help of a few others, brought it back to financial stability.
During his time in Fulda as Regimental Commander, General Crow passionately led and endeared himself to his troops with a unique loyalty that exists today. He will be greatly missed and will be a popular guest with his fellow troopers at Fiddler’s Green.
Before he passed away, General Crow wrote his own obituary:
Brig. General (Retired) John Sherman Crow passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. He was 87 years old. He loved to tell the story of his extraordinary family life. “As I go through life and tell of my family of 14 children, 31 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren, people are in awe. I readily tell them of my Crow children, my Sims Crow children, my Jones Crow children, and my Beard Crow children. And, what I tell them is that the greatest blessing of my life is the love and respect given to me by each and every one of them. I have no words that appropriately describe the depth of love I have for each of you except to say, Thank You for allowing me to be a part of your lives.”
He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Townsend; his father, Robbie Crow; his first wife, Dinky Flanagan; his third wife, Pat Sims; his fourth wife, Frances Jones; his sister, Brenda Crow Hobson; his daughter, Becky Jones LeBlanc (Mike); and his son, Dr. John Johnston Jones, Jr. (Frankie). He is survived by his wife, Virginia Beard; daughters Lisa Crow, Linny Crow, Marcia Sims Solis (Tony), Melanie Sims Crowson (Neville), Lydia Jones Goulas (Danny), Wendy Jones Murrian (Todd), Frances Jones Roman (Roger), and Susan Beard Calhoun (Jesse); sons Chris Sims (Michelle), Ben Jones (Mollie), Tim Jones, and Bret Beard (Marla); 31 grandchildren, and 36 great- grandchildren.
John Sherman had a long and exciting military career in the U.S. Army highlighted by his command of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the “Blackhorse Regiment,” in Fulda, Germany.
John Sherman seldom spoke of his Army exploits but often spoke of his love and respect of the thousands of young men he was honored to serve with in his beloved Blackhorse Regiment Family as their 49th Colonel. General Crow was the 2012 recipient of the Order of Saint George Gold Medallion, Cavalry and Armor’s most prestigious award. He is a decorated combat veteran with multiple combat tours in Vietnam. Many will remember then-Colonel Crow in a 1980 CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Mike Wallace while he commanded the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) in Fulda, Germany.
He wished to offer a special thanks to Dr. Daly, Dr. Hollier, Dr. Musa, and Dr. Cataldo for their care and professional attention during his illness. There will be a service of Christian burial with interment to follow on June 1, 2024, 1 p.m., at Christ Church Cemetery in Bastrop, Louisiana. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Sutton, Glenn Snodgrass, Bill Hutton, Jerry Weyland, Dale Lawless, Bobby Bell, Steve Rippe, Joe Eszes, Dan Monahan, John Stephens, Dave Cowan, Doc Bahnsen, Scott Tuck, Wes Walters, John Rosenberger, Tom Millikin, Jerry Johns, Greg Hallmark, and Mark Neukom. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to The BG John Sherman Crow Scholarship Fund of The Blackhorse Association at
If you’d like to reminisce about John Sherman, here are two videos in which he’s featured:
The 60 Minutes video from 1980:
A more recent video from 2023 where John Sherman was honored at a Houston Texans football game:
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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.

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