Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 141st
Infantry, 36th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Haguenau, France, 13
Entered service at: Paducah, Ky.
Birth: Bandana, Ky.
18, 13 February 1946.
Citation: 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.
T/Sgt. 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 5 of his men. With the enemy attacking
from an adjoining room and a tank firing pointblank 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 submachinegun killed 3 Germans. He was killed when the building
was destroyed by the enemy. T/Sgt. Crain's outstanding valor and intrepid
leadership enabled his platoon to organize a new defense, repel the attack
and preserve the hard-won bridgehead.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)