Rear Adm. “Del” Crandall is a native of Elgin, Illinois. He was commissioned in 1984 through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In 1992, he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude. In 1999, he received a Master of Laws in International Law from The George Washington University, with highest honors.
His first tour of duty was as communications officer and anti-submarine warfare officer on USS Lockwood (FF 1064), where he earned his surface warfare officer qualification. While serving as administrative assistant and aide to the deputy chief of Naval Operations (Naval Warfare), Crandall was selected for the law education program.
Crandall has completed several assignments within Naval Legal Service Command (NLSC) and the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG). NLSC assignments include defense counsel, prosecutor, and civil law department head at Naval Legal Service Office (NLSO) Northwest Pacific and commanding officer of NLSO Central. OJAG assignments include administrative law attorney and deputy executive assistant to the Judge Advocate General. He also served one year in the dual role of assistant judge advocate general (Operations and Management) / chief of staff, Region Legal Service Offices.
Crandall’s staff and operational experience include staff judge advocate (SJA) and legal department head on USS Independence (CV 62); deputy legal counsel to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; deputy SJA for Naval Forces Europe; SJA for 6th Fleet; SJA for U.S. European Command; legal advisor to the vice chief of Naval Operations; special counsel to the chief of Naval Operations; and deputy legal advisor to the National Security Council staff.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards). As a midshipman he earned silver "Dolphins," the enlisted submarine warfare qualification, on USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624 GOLD).
Crandall is a member of the state bar of Virginia.