Correctional Officer Joe D. Crater

Correctional Officer Joe D. Crater

Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, March 31, 1967

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Joe D. Crater

Correctional Officer Crater and Correctional Officer Max Hinckley were killed when while inside the arsenal at the State Prison of Southern Michigan when a mysterious explosion occurred.

A total of 80 percent of the facility's arsenal, including guns, tear gas, ammunition, and radios were lost.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion


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