Crawford, Charles Marion, CSM

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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00Z-Command Sergeant Major IN
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, HHC, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry
Service Years
1942 - 1971

Command Sergeant Major

Nine Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lucas, OH
Last Address
Lucas. OH

Casualty Date
May 21, 1971
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Springfield National Cemetery - Springfield, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 044

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 3rd Award

 Unit Assignments
5th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 61st Infantry
  1970-1971, 5th Infantry Division
  1970-1971, HHC, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry
  1970-1971, HHC, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the Command Sgt Major of my Battalion in Viet Nam. 1 Bn, 61st Inf. I was a rifleman in Co. B 1/61st. He served in WW-II including the Battle of the Bulge I learned in conversation one day. I think of him often.

John Kieffer, Served with, in Vietnam, Sergeant Major: I remember you, Sergeant Major. I was the Executive, Officer, for the company, you were assigned, to. HHQ., Co., 1/61st, Infantry, in late 1970. I remember you, had a Combat, Infantry Badge, with 2, stars, indicating, combat, infantry service, in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. You told me, that this was, your third tour, in Vietnam and you were, about to retire, after 30, years, in the army, when this tour, was up. I left, in December, 1970. I read about the attack, at C-2, in May, 71, while I was, stationed, at Ft Bragg. over 30, of our guys were killed, when a rocket, hit, a bunker there. I found out, somehow, that you were, there and that you, had, been killed. Rest in peace, Sergeant Major.
You inspired allot of troops with you staying in the front at C-2 and going into the field with us on a number of occasions. I was proud when you made me the Bat Com track commander even though I had rather been in the field. I will never forget that tragic day when the NCO bunker was hit and you and 28 other men lost your lives. May you be training the Angels now and we will meet again. Randy Jones Former SGT.  Posted by Randy Jones.

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