Sergeant First Class Crowe’s plane crashed late Sunday morning near the Prineville Airport in Oregon. His identity was released this morning in a local publication The Bulletin.
In 1984, Murray Crowe joined the Army and, among other assignments,went on to serve two back-to-back tours in Iraq, first in 2010 and then again in 2011.
Crowe was qualified in air assault and had been an army parachutist.
SFC Crowe was also trained to help fellow Soldiers recognize and cope with depression and post-traumatic stress.
Crowe, who lived in Crooked River Ranch, Ore., is survived by his wife Carmen and two children; Stephanie, a recent graduate of Oregon State University and Steven who is s senior at Redmond High School. His mother and siblings also survive.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The Challenger II is a home-built plane that the Federal Aviation Administration classifies as an experimental aircraft.
Murray and Steven purchased the plane partially constructed and worked on it together.
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