LETCHER CRAWFORD

LETCHER CRAWFORD

LETCHER CRAWFORD

Lieutenant Colonel Letcher Crawford, a native of the state of Georgia, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry after graduating with OCS Class 193, 12 March 1943. His educational background includes two years attendance at the University of North Carolina and remaining two years at the Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. | Lieutenant Colonel Crawford served his first tour as an Infantry officer Instructor teaching leadership subjects, map reading and rifle marksmanship to Quartermaster, Signal and Ordnance units stationed at Fort Screven, Ga. He served as a Garrison Company Commander of Headquarter and Headquarters Company at Fort Benning, Georgia. Crawford served as a company commander in the 325th Infantry Glider Unit and later as company commander in the 30th Infantry. L Crawford served in World War II with the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team. The 442nd (Go For Broke) Infantry retains the distinction of being the most decorated unit in World War II for its size receiving 21 Congressional Medals of Honor and 8 Presidential Unit Citations. Lieutenant Colonel Crawford fought with 442nd throughout Italy as a Heavy Weapons Platoon Leader and later as Company Commander of Company M. His next assignment overseas was with the Third Infantry Division as Battalion S4 in the 7th Infantry Regiment throughout Korea. After seeing action with both units overseas, Lieutenant Colonel Crawford was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and was a Battalion Commander in the 14th Infantry, 25th Division. He also served as the G3 Air of the 25th and Commander of Fort DeRussy, Hawaii. | Lieutenant Colonel Crawford’s last assignment was with the Ranger Department, Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served as Chief of the Patrolling Committee. He retired 31 March 31 1963 following 21 years of distinguished military service fighting in World War II and the Korean Conflict. | His military schools and courses include Infantry Officer Candidate School, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Air Transportability Course, Special Weapons Course, Instructor Training Course and Ranger School. | His awards include unit armed forces awards, decorations, campaign and service medals including: the Soldier's Medal, the highest peacetime award; the Bronze Stare medal with Valor Device and two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Ranger Tab, Army Commendation Medal with Medal Pendant; Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal; European – African Middle Eastern Medal with one Battle Star; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; National Defense Medal; the Korean Service Medal with four Battle Stars; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with X Device twice awarded for twenty years service. Unit awards include: the Army Presidential Unit Citation w/ two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Republic of Korea Unit Citation.

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  • Rank

    Lieutenant Colonel

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Graduation Year

    1943

  • Highest Award

    Bronze Star Medal

  • Year Inducted

    1961

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_00118