Crews, John R., S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 745, 1st Battalion, 253rd Infantry
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Staff Sergeant

One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Crews, John R. (MOH), S/Sgt.
Contact Info
Home Town
Golden, Oklahoma
Last Address
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Date of Passing
Sep 25, 1999
Location of Interment
Resthaven Gardens Cemetery - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Garden of Hope, Section 29, Lot 110

 Official Badges 

Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII) Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor Recipients
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  1945, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in Company F, 253rd Infantry, 63rd Infantry Division. He was awarded he CMOH for his bravery near Lobenbacherhof, Germany on April 8, 1945. His citation reads: "As his company was advancing toward the village under heavy fire, an enemy machinegun and automatic rifle with rifle support opened upon it from a hill on the right flank. Seeing that his platoon leader had been wounded by their fire, Staff Sergeant Crews, acting on his own initiative, rushed the strongpoint with two men of his platoon. Despite the fact that one of these men was killed and the other was badly wounded, he continued his advance up the hill in the face of terrific enemy fire. Storming the well-dug-in position single-handedly, he killed two of the crew of the machinegun at pointblank range with his M-1 rifle and wrested the gun from the hands of the German whom he had already wounded. He then with his rifle charged the strongly emplaced automatic rifle. Although badly wounded in the thigh by crossfire from the remaining enemy, he kept on and silenced the entire position with his accurate and deadly rifle fire. His actions so unnerved the remaining enemy soldiers that seven of them surrendered and the others fled. His heroism caused the enemy to concentrate on him and permitted the company to move forward into the village'" His Medal was awarded to him on July 20, 1948. His other awards include, the Purple Heart, Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
  1942-1945, 745, 1st Battalion, 253rd Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
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