The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*CRAIG, GORDON M.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, Reconnaissance Company, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Near Kasan,
Korea 10 September 1950. Entered service at. Brockton, Mass. Born: 1
August 1929, Brockton, Mass. G.O. No.: 23, 25 April 1951.
Cpl. Craig, 16th Reconnaissance
Company, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond
the call of duty in action against the enemy. During the attack on a strategic enemy-held
hill his company's advance was subjected to intense hostile grenade mortar, and small-arms
fire. Cpl. Craig and 4 comrades moved forward to eliminate an enemy machinegun nest that
was hampering the company's advance. At that instance an enemy machine gunner hurled a
handgrenade at the advancing men. Without hesitating or attempting to seek cover for
himself, Cpl. Craig threw himself on the grenade and smothered its burst with his body.
His intrepid and selfless act, in which he unhesitantly gave his life for his comrades,
inspired them to attack with such ferocity that they annihilated the enemy machinegun
crew, enabling the company to continue its attack. Cpl. Craig's noble self-sacrifice
reflects the highest credit upon himself and upholds the esteemed traditions of the