Friday, March 25, 2011

Senate honors Master Sergeant William J. Crawford

Thursday Senator Mark Scheffel, R-Parker, honored Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant William J. Crawford with House Joint Resolution 11-1012 which designates a portion of State Highway 105 “Medal of Honor Master Sergeant William J. Crawford Highway.”

“Master Sergeant Crawford is a member of ‘The Greatest Generation’ and it’s appropriate that we honor his memory and service with House Joint Resolution 11-1012,” said Senator Scheffel. “It was Master Sergeant Crawford’s service, and those like him, that makes our way of life possible.”

William John Crawford was born in Pueblo, Colorado, on May 19, 1918 and graduated from Central High School in Pueblo in 1936. He joined the United States Army in 1942. On September 13, 1943, while serving in the 3rd Battalion, 142nd Infantry, in Altavilla, Italy, Master Sergeant Crawford was pinned down with his platoon by intense machine-gun fire. He single-handedly advanced on multiple machine-gun emplacements, destroying each, then used the gun from the last emplacement to fire on retreating Germans.

Later that same day, Master Sergeant Crawford was captured by the Germans while aiding a friend who had been shot in the stomach. Master Sergeant Crawford was taken to Stalag near Danzig, Germany where he was held for 19 months and was liberated on April 13, 1945.

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