Craig, Gordon Maynard, Cpl

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Cavalry
Last Primary MOS
111.10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 4745, 16th Armored Reconnaissance Company
Service Years
1950 - 1950

Corporal


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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brockton
Last Address
Kasan, Korea

Casualty Date
Sep 10, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Korea
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Elmwood Cemetery - East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
42.0094, -70.9592

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 1st Cavalry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1950, Korean War Fallen
  1950, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1951, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1951, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
16th Armored Reconnaissance Company
  1950-1950, 4745, 16th Armored Reconnaissance Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Craig served as a Corporal, United States Army, Reconnaissance Company, 1st Cavalry Division. He was awarded his medal posthumously for service Near Kasan, Korea, on September 10, 1950. 


   
Comments/Citation

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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the

Medal of Honor

to

*CRAIG, GORDON M.

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Reconnaissance Company, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Near Kasan, Korea 10 September 1950. Entered service at. Brockton, Mass. Born: 1 August 1929, Brockton, Mass. G.O. No.: 23, 25 April 1951.

Citation:

Cpl. Craig, 16th Reconnaissance Company, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. During the attack on a strategic enemy-held hill his company's advance was subjected to intense hostile grenade mortar, and small-arms fire. Cpl. Craig and 4 comrades moved forward to eliminate an enemy machinegun nest that was hampering the company's advance. At that instance an enemy machine gunner hurled a handgrenade at the advancing men. Without hesitating or attempting to seek cover for himself, Cpl. Craig threw himself on the grenade and smothered its burst with his body. His intrepid and selfless act, in which he unhesitantly gave his life for his comrades, inspired them to attack with such ferocity that they annihilated the enemy machinegun crew, enabling the company to continue its attack. Cpl. Craig's noble self-sacrifice reflects the highest credit upon himself and upholds the esteemed traditions of the military service.

   
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