Master Sergeant Darrin Crowder will be the guest speaker in observance of Veterans Day as a part of regular services at the Gloucester County Community Church on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Master Sergeant Crowder entered the military at the age of seventeen. It was then that he began a life-journey that would test both his will and faith. For over 15 years, he served as a “Green Beret” with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) throughout the Middle East and Africa. Master Sergeant Crowder has seen combat during the Gulf War, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq. His service awards and decorations number over 60 including three Bronze Stars for valor or service, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge (2nd Award), Static Line and Military Freefall Jump Master Badges, and numerous other United States and Foreign Decorations.
Throughout this time of many accolades, Master Sergeant Crowder’s personal life was in shambles. After two failed marriages and many broken relationships, he had nowhere to turn but back to the faith he had learned about as a child.