Craw, Demas Thurlow, COL

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1928-1942, Army Air Corps
Service Years
1918 - 1942

Aviation

Colonel



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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1900
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Traverse City
Last Address
Kenitra
Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen, Morocco

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Morocco
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Oakwood Cemetery - Traverse City, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plat 1, Lot 175

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1942, World War II Fallen
  1942, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1943, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1943, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Master)

Rifle
Pistol

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Squadron, 12th Cavalry RegimentArmy Air Corps
  1918-1918, 1st Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment
  1928-1942, Army Air Corps
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1920-1924, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Craw served as a Colonel, United States Army Air Corps. He was awarded his medal posthumously for service Near Port Lyautey, French Morocco, on November 8, 1942. 


   
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

*CRAW, DEMAS T.

Rank and organization: Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps. Place and date: Near Port Lyautey, French Morocco, 8 November 1942. Entered service at: Michigan. Born: 9 April 1900, Traverse City, Mich. G.O. No.: 11, 4 March 1943.

Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. On 8 November 1942, near Port Lyautey, French Morocco, Col. Craw volunteered to accompany the leading wave of assault boats to the shore and pass through the enemy lines to locate the French commander with a view to suspending hostilities. This request was first refused as being too dangerous but upon the officer's ins1stence that he was qualified to undertake and accomplish the mission he was allowed to go. Encountering heavy fire while in the landing boat and unable to dock in the river because of shell fire from shore batteries, Col. Craw, accompanied by 1 officer and 1 soldier, succeeded in landing on the beach at Mehdia Plage under constant low-level strafing from 3 enemy planes. Riding in a bantam truck toward French headquarters, progress of the party was hindered by fire from our own naval guns. Nearing Port Lyautey, Col. Craw was instantly killed by a sustained burst of machinegun fire at pointblank range from a concealed position near the road.

   
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