Second Lieutenant Robert Craig


Second Lieutenant Robert Craig

Second Lieutenant Robert Craig is being inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame for Valorous Combat Service, He received the Medal of Honor for his actions above and beyond the call of duty during the Sicily Campaign in World War II.

LT Craig entered the Army at Toledo, OH, during World War II and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry graduating from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He then served with the 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division.

While leading troops in the Allied invasion of Sicily, destroyed an Italian Army machine gun nest that had halted the advance of his company. Craig reached the machine gun and killed its three crewmen. Shortly thereafter, as his company advanced further, Craig and his platoon, encountered the fire of approximately 100 enemy soldiers. Craig ordered his men to withdraw to the cover of the crest while he drew the enemy fire to himself, charging the enemy until he was within 25 yards of them. From a kneeling position, he killed five and wounded three enemy soldiers while providing the covering fire enabling his platoon to reach the cover of the crest. Lt. Craig was killed by enemy fire. For his heroic actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

He is buried at Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Lucas County, OH

His Military Awards Include  Medal of Honor, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.

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Second Lieutenant

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