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COL Demas Thurlow Craw
Birth: Apr. 9, 1900
Traverse City
Grand Traverse County
Michigan, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1942, Morocco

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. His citation reads-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.  (bio by: K) 
 
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 Parents:
  Mark A. Craw (1866 - 1962)
  Clara Kessler Hardy Mahar (1876 - 1947)
 
 Siblings:
  Theron Adherbal Craw (1900 - 1928)*
  Demas Thurlow Craw (1900 - 1942)
  Kenneth Hardy Kessler (1905 - 1984)**
  Jane Elizabeth Craw Cromley (1911 - 2000)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes were scattered in Wiesbaden, Germany
 
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Record added: Sep 15, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7869596
COL Demas Thurlow Craw
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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