In Memory of Craig King

The 390th Memorial Museum is heartbroken to announce the recent and unexpected death of one of our favorite docents, Colonel Craig King.  Craig was a devoted and enthusiastic volunteer who dedicated three days each week to helping the 390th Memorial Museum keep its doors open and serve its visitors.  His family graciously shared details about his life, all of which reinforced how kind, generous and humble Craig was in every part of his life.  

Colonel Craig King was born in Seattle, Washington on November 24th, 1952.  He remained in Washington through his high school and college education, eventually marrying his high school sweetheart, Deirdre McCarthy.  Following the completion of his Business Administration degree in 1975, he began a career in the United States Army that would span 30 years.  Originally assigned to the Second Battalion, 320th Field Artillery in the 101st Airborne Division, he would also serve in the Washington Army National Guard as a member of the 81st Infantry Bridge; spend 17 years as an officer in the Second Battalion, 146th Field Artillery; and be assigned to the 81st Brigade headquarters.  Col. Craig’s titles were varied and he participated in service both to the state of Washington during emergencies as well as to his country in the domestic war on terrorism.  During his 30 years of service, Col. Craig travelled the globe and would receive numerous medals and commendations including Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Washington State Commendation Award, Washington State Unit Commendation Award and Air Assault Badge. 

Outside of his service, Col. Craig worked for the Boeing Company for over 30 years.  He and his wife have three sons:  Nicholas, Peter and Alexander. 

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