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World War II - U.S. Army

Morris E Crain

  • Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E, 141st Infantry,
    36th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 13, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Haguenau, France
He led his platoon against powerful German forces during the struggle to enlarge the bridgehead across the Moder River. With great daring and aggressiveness he spearheaded the platoon in killing 10 enemy soldiers, capturing 12 more and securing its objective near an important road junction. Although heavy concentrations of artillery, mortar, and self-propelled gunfire raked the area, he moved about among his men during the day, exhorting them to great efforts and encouraging them to stand firm. He carried ammunition and maintained contact with the company command post, exposing himself to deadly enemy fire. At nightfall the enemy barrage became more intense and tanks entered the fray to cover foot troops while they bombarded our positions with grenades and rockets. As buildings were blasted by the Germans, the Americans fell back from house to house. TSgt. Crain deployed another platoon which had been sent to his support and then rushed through murderous tank and small-arms fire to the foremost house, which was being defended by five of his men. With the enemy attacking from an adjoining room and a tank firing point-blank at the house, he ordered the men to withdraw while he remained in the face of almost certain death to hold the position. Although shells were crashing through the walls and bullets were hitting all around him, he held his ground and with accurate fire from his submachine gun killed three Germans. He was killed when the building was destroyed by the enemy. TSgt. Crain's outstanding valor and intrepid leadership enabled his platoon to organize a new defense, repel the attack, and preserve the hard-won bridgehead.
Medal of Honor Recipient Morris E. Crain
Medal of Honor Recipient Morris E. Crain
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: October 7, 1924, Bandana, Ballard County, KY, United States
  • Died: March 13, 1945, France
  • Buried: Mount Pleasant Cemetery (MH) , LaCenter, KY, United States

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