Curtis Eugene Crawford

United States Marine Corps
13 August 1947 - 28 February 1967
Dunkirk, New York
Panel 15E Line 115


Silver Star

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Curtis Eugene Crawford

21 Feb 1998

Curt Crawford

My Dad was killed when I was only 9 months old
so I never had the chance to get to know him.
Although many years have passed,
I still miss him each and every day.
I sometimes wonder "WHAT IF" ...

Dad ...
I love you and I always will.

Receiving Dad's medals.

My Mom and I receiving Dad's medals, 1967.

Silver Star

The President of the United States
takes pride in presenting the



United States Marine Corps

for service as set forth in the following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company G, Second Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in Vietnam on 28 February 1967. On this day Company G made solid contact with a larger enemy force in the vicinity of Hill 124, just northwestof Cam Lo. The enemy was well dug-in and was able to put out such a volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire that the company was pinned down. Under a hail of hostile fire, Corporal Crawford, a machine gun squad leader, brought his guns forward and set them up on the left flank of his platoon's most forward positions, only 40 meters from enemy emplacements. From this position, he caught sight of a Marine who had been wounded during one of the earlier assaults. Unhesitatingly, he bounded forward, exposing himself to enemy fire to render assistance to the fallen Marine. As he cleared his cover an enemy sniper opened up from close range wounding him in the leg and knocking him to the ground. Ignoring his wound, Corporal Crawford was able to whirl and send a lethal burst of rifle fire into the sniper's spider hole, killing him. He then continued to move forward to the Marine casualty. He had advanced only several more meters when he was fired upon again and mortally wounded. Corporal Crawford's selfless courage, perseverance and loyal devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Boot camp

James (Jim) Sujka was in boot camp and at Camp Lejuene with my Dad (and a friend of my father). He was kind enough to send me this picture - and others - (Jim is the third from the left - my father is second from the left). If anyone knows who the other three men are, please contact me.

Please take a few moments and visit my memorial site. We must NEVER forget what our servicemen sacrificed for us and for our country. I am so very proud of my dad and all of the other men who fought in Vietnam. Please remember each and every one of them...

Thank you.

A memorial from his daughter,

29 Jan 2007

Corporal Crawford, I finally found your family.

From a friend with his Purple Heart and Silver Star certificates,
David Newcome
10 Bush Gardens, Alden, N. Y.

11 Aug 2007

My name is Pat Curtin. I am a Past Commander of West Seneca American Legion Post 735. A woman called our Post saying she found a Purple Heart medal while cleaning a house in West Seneca back in the 1980's. She dropped the medal off at the Post for me and it is inscribed with the name of Curtis E. Crawford.

I have the medal and would be glad to return it to any of Curtis's relatives. I can be contacted at 716-675-2241.

Pat Curtin

A Note from The Virtual Wall

A bitterly fought battle at the end of February 1967, which took place about 5 kilometers northwest of Cam Lo, cost the lives of 28 Marines and sailors:
  • A Co, 3rd Tank Bn:
  • F Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines:
    • Cpl Ronald G. Grumling, Glenolden, PA
    • Cpl Stephen L. Miles, Bon Aqua, TN
    • LCpl Victor J. Homsley, Judsonia, AR
    • Pfc James Anderson, Compton, CA (Medal of Honor)

  • G Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines:
    • Capt Carl E. Bockewitz, Bourbon, MO
    • Cpl Curtis E. Crawford, Dunkirk, NY (Silver Star)
    • LCpl James S. Goss, Mocksville, NC
    • LCpl James L. Ross, Hickory, NC (Bronze Star "V")
    • LCpl Douglas G. Street, Whitefish, MT
    • Pfc Richard A. Dewane, Buffalo, NY
    • Pfc Michael J. Glynn, Lake City, MN

  • H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines:
    • LtCol Victor Ohanesian, New York, NY (Silver Star)
    • SMaj Wayne N. Hayes, Oceanside, CA
    • HM3 John C. Agee, Lindsey, OH

  • I Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines:
    • Cpl Donald W. Bollman, Norridge, IL
    • Pfc De Wayne R. Black, Toledo, OH
    • Pfc Reginald F. Carter, Washington, DC
    • Pfc Gary A. Hendrickson, Ottawa, KS

  • L Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines:
    • 1stLt Douglas E. Nichols, San Pedro, CA
    • LCpl Jose Holguin, El Paso, TX
    • LCpl Larry E. Ross, Navato, CA
    • Pfc Donald G. Detmer, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • Pfc Patrick M. McKenney, McComb, MS
    • Pfc Charles S. Norris, Veradale, WA
    • Pfc Jimmie C. Ross, Woodville, MS

  • M Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines:
    • LCpl James T. Byrd, Wadesboro, NC

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his daughter,
Laura Crawford

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 21 Feb 1998
Last updated 03/20/2008