- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Lieutenant Colonel
- HQ, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division "The Rock of the Marne", U.S. Army
- Awarded on:
- Awarded for:
- Operation Husky
"For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 11 July 1943. While attacking forward from the narrow bridgehead they gained the day before, his battalion was suddenly attacked by 30-40 tanks, with strong infantry support Leading companies were forced to give ground, leaving Lieutenant Colonel Crawford isolated and directly in the path of the advancing tanks. Though under direct heavy artillery and machine gun fire he chose to remain at his observation post, continuing to adjust fire on the enemy armor. He then crossed over 300 yards of fire-swept terrain, sustaining injuries that necessitated his evacuation despite his desire to carry on/ By performing his duty coolly and heroically under terrific fire, he rallied his troops to repulse the enemy. Lieutenant Colonel Crawford's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Infantry Division, and the United States Army."
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 104