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Private Charles H. Craven

July 19, 1906 - October 11, 1938

Charles H. Craven was born on July 19, 1906, at Emporium, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the State Highway Patrol from Emporium on October 2, 1930, and was assigned to Troop A, Harrisburg. Private Craven was 24 years old and 5'11½" tall.

At 11:50 p.m. on October 8, 1938, Private Craven and Private Joseph M. Williams were on U.S. Route 30, four miles east of Gettysburg, checking motor vehicles for identification. The Troopers had two vehicles stopped and left their patrol car to speak with the operators. A car driven by a Hanover resident struck Privates Craven and Williams and their patrol car before coming to a rest in a ditch. Privates Craven and Williams were taken to Annie M. Warner Hospital in Gettysburg. Private Williams was pronounced dead upon arrival. Private Craven died three days later, on October 11.

Private Craven is buried in Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport. He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Charles H. Craven, of Blossburg. At 32, Craven had completed eight years of Pennsylvania Motor Police service. This was the Department's first double tragedy resulting from a motor vehicle crash.

Private Charles H. Craven