Demas Thurlow Craw
Hometown: Charlottesville City
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: November 8, 1942
Died In: Near Port Lyautey, French Morocco
Awards: American Defense Medal, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal
Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously. From his Medal of Honor citation: “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 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, 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.” He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1924.