Gordon Craig was born August 3, 1929 in Brockton, Massachusetts. He received the Medal of Honor for providing the ultimate sacrifice during the Korean War.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Corporal Gordon Maynard Craig (ASN: RA-11183227), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 16th Reconnaissance Company, 1st Cavalry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kasan, Korea, on 10 September 1950. During the attack on a strategic enemy-held hill Corporal Craig’s company’s advance was subjected to intense hostile grenade mortar, and small-arms fire. Corporal Craig and four 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 hand grenade at the advancing men. Without hesitating or attempting to seek cover for himself, Corporal Craig threw himself on the grenade and smothered its burst with his body. His intrepid and selfless act, in which he unhesitatingly 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. Corporal Craig’s noble self-sacrifice reflects the highest credit upon himself and upholds the esteemed traditions of the military service.
We honor you, Gordon Craig.