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John Rich Craig

John Rich Craig

 

Rank/Rate Commander (Commanding Officer)
Service Number O-063273
Birth Date September 13, 1906
From St. Petersburg, Florida
Decorations Navy Cross, Purple Heart
Submarine USS Grampus (SS-207)
Loss Date March 5, 1943
Location Blackett Strait
Circumstances Lost at sea, cause unknown
Remarks John was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
His Navy Cross is not listed in some sources.

Citation:  The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander John Rich Craig (NSN: 0-63273), United States
Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GRAMPUS (SS-207), during the FOURTH
and FIFTH War Patrols of that submarine during the period 2 October 1942 to 19 January 1943, in enemy controlled waters of the Solomon Islands Area. Despite the great mental and physical strain of prolonged patrols in enemy-controlled waters, Lieutenant Commander Craig launched repeated, daring attacks on Japanese shipping, sinking two
enemy transports and one cargo ship, totaling 24,000 tons, and damaging three enemy destroyers. His efficient and inspiring leadership
and the loyal devotion to duty of the men under his command throughout the period made possible the successful accomplishment of a vital and hazardous mission. Through his experience and sound judgment Lieutenant Commander Craig brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and
men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Photo courtesy of Henry C. Lehtola, Historian, USS John R. Craig DD-885 Reunion Association.  Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

 

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