William Crawford Eddy

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William Crawford Eddy was born in Saratoga Springs, New York back in 1902. He graduated from the New York Military Academy before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. With minimal hearing, he worked around it by “reading lips”. After graduation, he was assigned to the USS Cincinnati.

In 1930, he was sent to the Naval Submarine Base New London. He qualified as a submarine commander remaining at New London. His hearing loss came to light and was forced into a disability retirement in 1934. In 1937, he worked at RCA, where he applied for 43 patents. In 1941, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor he took the night train to Washington, D.C. where he was reinstated to the Navy.

What you may not know about William is that he was responsible for developing underwater sound gear and signal communicating from a submerged position. He designed the “Dolphins” insignia for the submariners. Four of his invention are still classified as “Top Secret”.

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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

A silent World can bring man's abilities into focus. It's excellent that RCA did find his hearing deficit to be an issue. Win, win from what I read here James!

Oct 28, 2019 02:36 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I can't imagine a hearing impaired person developing underwater sound gear....

Oct 28, 2019 03:55 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - It sounds like he was one of our secret weapons and still is.

Oct 28, 2019 04:00 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. William did not pay attention to the word "disability"! He focused on "opportunity"! Enjoy your day!

Oct 28, 2019 04:29 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

His inventions had to save countless lives.

Oct 28, 2019 04:32 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - a rather amazing story.  So many overcome.  William Eddy showed us that skill and determination can conquer many things.  

Oct 28, 2019 04:58 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi again, James... a perfect story to illustrate how a handicap does not need to define one's identity and contributions.

Oct 28, 2019 04:59 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

With no distractions, he forged ahead.

Sometimes it is true: "Silence is Golden"!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 28, 2019 05:25 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I saw a post the other day about a guy that invented gloves that make sign language audible, that is incredible and I would love to see it in real life.

Oct 28, 2019 06:30 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  We keep learning what some great people have done by your great blogs.


Oct 28, 2019 08:35 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The top secret inventions are intriguing to me...What I do love is  the underwater sound technology and the Dolphin name. A

Oct 28, 2019 09:11 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an amazing man!  He is proof that you don't have to let your physical traits be your limiting traits. 

Oct 28, 2019 01:22 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's inspiring the way he didn't let a hearing impairment stop him from accomplishing his dreams.

Oct 28, 2019 03:31 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's an impressive set of accomplishments, James, in spite of his hearing impairment!


Oct 28, 2019 08:11 PM #14
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this inspiring story.  Putting his mind to work despite the other issues he was facing.  

Oct 28, 2019 09:28 PM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Very, very interesting, James Dray -  especially the part of 43 patents and the 4 secret 'top Classified inventions. He did not waste his talents in his lifetime.

Oct 29, 2019 03:34 PM #16
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

What a brilliant man James Dray 

Oct 31, 2019 07:24 AM #17
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