Craw, Demas Thurlow, Col

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AAF MOS 1060-Bombardment Unit Commander
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Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1938-1940, AAF MOS 9310, 2nd Army Air Force Base Unit
Service Years
1918 - 1942
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Home Town
Traverse City, Michigan
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1942
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
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Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Ashes Scattered Near Wiesbaden, Germany

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US Army (USA)United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Air Service Command (ASC)United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
19th Pursuit SquadronAir Force Bases/ Installations
  1918-1920, US Army (USA)
  1920-1924, US Army (USA)
  1928-1941, AAF MOS 770, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1929-1931, AAF MOS 770, Air Service Command (ASC)
  1931-1931, AAF MOS 770, Headquarters, I Bomber Command
  1932-1934, AAF MOS 1065, 19th Pursuit Squadron
  1934-1937, AAF MOS 770, Headquarters, I Bomber Command
  1938-1940, AAF MOS 9310, 2nd Army Air Force Base Unit
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  1918-1918 World War I
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)
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United States Military Academy
  1920-1924, United States Military Academy1
  1937-1938, Air Corps Tactical School
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His Medal of Honor citation:
Awarded posthumously for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Colonel (Air Corps) Demas Thurlow Craw, United States Army Air Forces, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the XII Ground Air Support Command, Western Task Force, during Operation Torch in North Africa.

On 8 November 1942, near Port Lyautey, French Morocco, Colonel 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 insistence 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, Colonel Craw, accompanied by one officer and one soldier, succeeded in landing on the beach at Mehdia Plage under constant low-level strafing from three 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, Colonel Craw was instantly killed by a sustained burst of machinegun fire at pointblank range from a concealed position near the road.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 11, March 4, 1943

Action Date: 8-Nov-42

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: XII Ground Air Support Command

Division: Western Task Force


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