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George G. Crawford


Picture of George G. Crawford
When Surrender Was Not an Option
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1956 Republican AD-79 40924 Win
11-04-1958 Republican AD-79 34590 Win

Candidate Biography:

George Goeddel Crawford
Born: August 9, 1920 in San Diego, CA
Married: Esther Fitzenmeyer (in 1943)
Children: Toni Diane and Cheryl Anne
Military Service: ARMY (WWII), USAF
Died: October 31, 2012 in San Diego, CA

Previous: Assistant City Prosecutor, City of San Diego
1960: Resigned from the State Assembly on February 15.
1960-1972: Justice, San Diego Municipal Court
1973-1974: President, American Judges Association

  • PUBLISHED: Was a coauthor of the book When Surrender Was Not an Option.
  • During a WWII bombing mission, Crawford's B-24 bomber was shot down over Klagenfurt, Austria in March 1944. He was held as POW at Stalag Luft III for 14 months. The co-pilot on the flight was Burt Talcott, later a Congressman from Monterey. Crawford wrote about their incarceration in the book "When Surrender Was Not an Option."
  • Although he was a Republican running against an incumbent Democratic Assemblymember, Crawford was endorsed by Pat Brown in 1956.

Source: California Blue Book (1958)