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Prison Guard Major Joe Crowson

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, January 27, 1934

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Reflections for Prison Guard Major Joe Crowson

I recently watched “The Highwaymen” which is the story of the hunt for and the eventual justice brought to Bonnie and Clyde. This film, in my humble opinion, unlike the previous movies, acknowledges and shows respect for the Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives to these animals and does not show them to be any kind of folk hero. It was long overdue.

Though the name of each and every Officer is not mentioned, some are and I believe the sacrifice by all is honored.

God Bless you Prison Guard Major Crowson, and may your eternal rest remain ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

April 8, 2019

It is indeed sad that the names of Bonnie and Clyde are so well known, but not those of their law enforcement and other victims. Also writing to clarify that Major was Crowson's given name, and not his rank as claimed here. He was a regular prison guard, and the Texas Department of Justice doesn't have the rank of Major.

LEO Supporter

November 20, 2015

It is so sad that the Bonnie and Clyde Gang are so well known. As a society we glorify the criminals and either ignore Hero’s like you or make the Hero’s appear like the criminals. It is very sad that the names of Bonnie and Clyde are known even to our children, when it is your name Major Joe Crowson that should be known. You are a hero and a man to be looked up to. May you rest in peace and thank you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice. WE are a better people today because you walked among us yesterday. God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 26, 2015

Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

January 27, 2014

Dear: Great Uncle Joe. I wish I would've had the honor of meeting you. I heard great things of you from my grandfather when he was alive. I just wanted to say thank you for your service and thank you for giving your life for our great state of Texas. I would also like to add that you have inspired me to do a job many people would shy away from. Thanks again Uncle Joe for your service. R.I.P.

C/O Jamie Crowson

December 23, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 27, 2012

You heroism is honored today. Thank you for your service Sir. A true brave Hero you were, RIP Sir. I too look forward to speaking with you one day.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 27, 2012

Major Crowson,

Those of us with the Crowson name will be forever indebted to you for the character with which you lived your life and the honor you bestowed upon our name. I look forward to speaking with you when I, as you, rest in peace.

Joel Crowson

Joel Crowson
Special Deputy, Bossier Parish Sherrif's Dept.

May 10, 2011

Maj. Crowson,
Sir, on today, the 77th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement that of a Corrections Officer.



January 27, 2011


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 23, 2008

Thank you for your service. I thank your family too. You are a hero.


March 12, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

April 24, 2006

Rest in peace our brother. You will never be forgotten.

PO Richard Eckert
Town of Chester PD

May 8, 2005

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