Traverse City Medal of Honor recipient remembered in ceremony
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- American war hero, Colonel Demas Craw, was recognized and honored on Saturday at a dedication ceremony held at Cherry Capital Airport.
Craw, who was born in Traverse City, was a United States Army Air Force officer who served in World War I and World War II.
More than 100 attended the ceremony to honor Craws life and service.
“He was born right here in Traverse City and had been forgotten,” said Grand Traverse County commissioner, Dr. Dan Lathrop. “So myself and many others, felt that we should do something about that and today is a combination of our efforts.”
Craw was a decorated colonel who had received World War I and World War II victory medals, the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor after he was killed in a mission in World War II.
In recognition of Craw’s service, the new VA clinic in Traverse City will be named the Demas T. Craw VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
Following the ceremony, Cherry Capital Airport unveiled a bronze plaque recognizing his military service and life.
“In our plastic and disposable society, memories tend to fade unfortunately,” said Colonel Craw’s son, Nicholas Craw. “I think that having a physical plaque in this location and having his name on the clinic is a reminder that the memory shouldn’t fade and it will be a constant reminder to all of us here after.”
The VA clinic is set to finalize in late 2018 or early 2019.