Crater, Francis, Jr., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Machine Gunner or Crewman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2003-2003, 4745, 7th Infantry Division
Service Years
1949 - 1950

Private First Class



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Barberton

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
N/AKorean War Veterans Association (KWVA)Military Order of the Purple Heart
  2008, Combat Infantrymen's Association, N/A (Member) [Verified]
  2008, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Rifle
Machine Gun

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment7th Infantry Division
  2003-2003, 4745, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment
  2003-2003, 4745, 7th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Private First Class Crater was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in the (CHOSIN RESERVOIR)  North Korea on November 28, 1950. 

From Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 1950, the U.S. Army's 31st Regimental Combat Team, to which Crater's regiment was temporarily assigned, fought elements of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces in the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. After intense fighting, the 1/32 Infantry was forced to abandon its position, leaving its dead behind. Regimental records compiled after the battle indicate that Crater was killed in action on Nov. 28, 1950.


   
Comments/Citation

Francis (Junior) Crater was a classmate and friend when we were boys going to Johnson School and living in the Johnsons Corners section of Barberton, Ohio. Our other pals were Red Hunsicker (killed in Korea 1950), Gene Echols, Larry Kotnik, Clyde Dayton, Tom Madjerac, Elmore Yoke, etc. We all served in the Korean War. Junior was a quiet and gentlemanly young man a good athlete and a pleasure to be with. We played sports, went to the Pastime theater for the Saturday matinees, fished in Hudson Run creek and generally enjoyed our boyhood together. I am glad he is going home to rest in home soil. Sincerely, Albert Kauslick, Barberton, Ohio  (Albert Kauslick)

Shorty was Crater’s nickname. Standing at 5 feet, 3 inches, the Ohio native was the youngest of three children. “He was a good kid, never got into trouble … an average young guy growing up. When he was 18, his friend decided to join the Army, and Francis joined, too.”

Charles Rachac, who now lives in Michigan, was one of only three people from the unit to survive the battle at Chosin Reservoir. They held their ground for five days until the enemy finally prevailed.

“Crater was my assistant on the machine gun,” he said. “He was a small guy but had a giant stature.”

Rachac recalls the last meal he had with Francis; the temperature was 40 below freezing, and their food was so frozen they could barely eat. “The last supper,” he called it.

“He died with a lot of heroes up there,” Rachac said. “I was fortunate enough to come back, and I don’t know why. I’ve been living with this burden for a lot of years. I think everybody up there was wounded one way or another, mentally or physically.”

Rachac jokes about how everyone used to “razz” Francis about his name.

“I never had a chance to say goodbye to him,” he said. “He’ll always be forever young; I’ll always remember him as a 20 year old.”

There were a lot of things his family didn’t know about Francis’ military accomplishments until recently. No one knew, for instance, that he had been a part of three campaigns in Korea until seeing the three campaign medals on the uniform provided by the Army for the service.


Francis Crater Jr. is buried next to his mother in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron, Ohio.

MOS 4745
SN RA15415885  

   
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