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John R Crews

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Platoon, Company F, 2d Battalion, 253d Infantry,
    63d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 8, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Lobenbacherhof, Germany
He displayed conspicous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 8 April 1945 near Lobenbacherhof, Germany. As his company was advancing toward the village under heavy fire, an enemy machine gun and automatic rifle with rifle support opened up on it from a hill on the right flank. Seeing that his platoon leader had been wounded by their fire, SSgt. Crews, acting upon his own initiative, rushed the strongpoint with two men of his platoon. Despite the fact that one of these men was killed and the other was badly wounded, he continued his advance up the hill in the face of terrific enemy fire. Storming the well dug-in position singlehandedly, he killed two of the crew of the machine gun at point-blank range with his M1 rifle and wrested the gun from the hands of a German whom he had already wounded. He then with his rifle charged the strongly emplaced automatic rifle. Although badly wounded in the thigh by crossfire from the remaining enemy, he kept on and silenced the entire position with his accurate and deadly rifle fire. His actions so unnerved the remaining enemy soldiers that seven of them surrendered and the others fled. His heroism caused the enemy to concentrate on him and permitted the company to move forward into the village.
Medal of Honor Recipient John R. Crews
Medal of Honor Recipient John R. Crews
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Bowlegs, Seminole County, Oklahoma
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 25, 1948
    The White House (Rose Garden), presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman
  • Born: March 8, 1923, Golden, McCurtain County, OK, United States
  • Died: September 25, 1999, Oklahoma City, OK, United States
  • Buried: Resthaven Memorial Gardens (PM) (19-4), Oklahoma City, OK, United States

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