Crain, Morris E., T/Sgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 745, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Technical Sergeant



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bandana, Kentucky
Last Address
Haguenau, France

Casualty Date
Mar 13, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
France
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery - La Center, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37.1113, -88.9457

 Official Badges 

36th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1945, World War II Fallen
  1946, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1946, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment
  1943-1945, 745, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
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

*CRAIN, MORRIS E.

Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 141st Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. Place and date: Haguenau, France, 13 March 1945. Entered service at: Paducah, Ky. Birth: Bandana, Ky. G.O. No.: 18, 13 February 1946.

Citation
He led his platoon against powerful German forces during the struggle to enlarge the bridgehead across the Moder River. With great daring and aggressiveness he spearheaded the platoon in killing 10 enemy soldiers, capturing 12 more and securing its objective near an important road junction. Although heavy concentrations of artillery, mortar, and self-propelled gunfire raked the area, he moved about among his men during the day, exhorting them to great efforts and encouraging them to stand firm. He carried ammunition and maintained contact with the company command post, exposing himself to deadly enemy fire. At nightfall the enemy barrage became more intense and tanks entered the fray to cover foot troops while they bombarded our positions with grenades and rockets. As buildings were blasted by the Germans, the Americans fell back from house to house. T/Sgt. Crain deployed another platoon which had been sent to his support and then rushed through murderous tank and small-arms fire to the foremost house, which was being defended by 5 of his men. With the enemy attacking from an adjoining room and a tank firing pointblank at the house, he ordered the men to withdraw while he remained in the face of almost certain death to hold the position. Although shells were crashing through the walls and bullets were hitting all around him, he held his ground and with accurate fire from his submachinegun killed 3 Germans. He was killed when the building was destroyed by the enemy. T/Sgt. Crain's outstanding valor and intrepid leadership enabled his platoon to organize a new defense, repel the attack and preserve the hard-won bridgehead.

   
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