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USAV Col. Demas T. Craw (FS-207)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Aircraft Repair Ship
  • Laid down between October 1944 and January 1945 as Freight Supply Vessel (FS-207), at Higgins Industries, New Orleans LA.
  • Launched between October 1944 and January 1945
  • Delivered between October 1944 and January 1945 to the War Shipping Administration and allocated to the War Department
  • Converted to an Aircraft Repair Ship at Mobile Air Tactical Command Brookley Field, Mobile, AL.
  • Commissioned, Col. Demas T. Craw, date unknown
  • During World War II Col. Demas T. Craw was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, date and location unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 575 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines
    twin screws

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    Col. Demas T. Craw 208k
    Demas T. Craw was born in Long Lake Township Michigan, served briefly in World War 1, was discharged and then entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1920.
    He applied for pilot training with the Air Service in 1926 and joined the 1st Pursuit Group at Selfridge Field, Michigan. He transferred his commission to the Air Corps on March 21, 1928, and was promoted to first lieutenant on January 3, 1930.
    In October, 1942, Colonel Craw was named air officer for Maj. General Lucian K. Truscott, commanding one of the sub-task forces, Force Goalpost, of Operation Torch, an amphibious invasion of North Africa. He sailed with the invasion force from Virginia and while en route, volunteered to assist another Army Air Forces officer, Maj. Pierpont M. Hamilton, Truscott's intelligence officer, in delivering a message to the local French commander near Port Lyautey, French Morocco, to broker a cease fire, should French forces resist.
    Craw and Maj. Pierpont M. Hamilton were the first Army Air Forces recipients of the Medal in the European-Mediterranean theater of World War II and the only AAF members to be awarded that decoration for valor not involving air combat.
    Tommy Trampp

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    Medal of Honor Citation for Col. Demas T. Craw USA
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