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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