Text: S.3492 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 114-276 (12/14/2016)
[114th Congress Public Law 276]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
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Public Law 114-276
To designate the Traverse City VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic of
the Department of Veterans Affairs in Traverse City, Michigan, as the
``Colonel Demas T. Craw VA Clinic''. <<NOTE: Dec. 14, 2016 - [S.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. DESIGNATION OF COLONEL DEMAS T. CRAW VA CLINIC IN
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
(1) Demas T. Craw was born on April 9, 1900, in Long Lake
(2) While residing in Traverse City, Michigan, Demas T. Craw
enlisted in the United States Army at Columbus Barracks, Ohio,
on April 18, 1918, and trained with the 12th Cavalry at Camp
(3) Colonel Craw achieved the position of senior pilot and
(A) the Medal of Honor for action in North Africa;
(B) the World War I Victory Medal;
(C) the World War II Victory Medal;
(D) the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign
(E) the Mexican Service Medal;
(F) the American Defense Service Medal;
(G) the Purple Heart;
(H) the Royal Order of George I; and
(I) the Observer Badge.
(4) Colonel Craw's citation for the Medal of Honor said,
``For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and
beyond the call of duty. On November 8, 1942, near Port Lyautey,
French Morocco, Col. Craw volunteered to accompany the leading
wave of assault boats to the shore and pass through the enemy
lines to locate the French commander with a view to suspending
hostilities. This request was first refused as being too
dangerous but upon the officer's insistence that he was
qualified to undertake and accomplish the mission he was allowed
to go. Encountering heavy fire while in the landing boat and
unable to dock in the river because of shell fire from shore
batteries, Col. Craw, accompanied by 1 officer and 1 soldier,
succeeded in landing on the beach at Mehdia Plage under constant
low-level strafing from 3 enemy planes. Riding in a bantam truck
toward French headquarters, progress of the party was hindered
by fire from our own naval guns. Nearing Port Lyautey, Col. Craw
was instantly killed by a
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sustained burst of machinegun fire at pointblank range from a
concealed position near the road.''.
(5) Colonel Craw was killed in action on November 8, 1942,
while attempting to deliver a message to broker a cease fire
(b) Designation.--The Traverse City VA Community-Based Outpatient
Clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Traverse City, Michigan,
shall after the date of the enactment of this Act be known and
designated as the ``Colonel Demas T. Craw VA Clinic''.
(c) Reference.--Any reference in any law, regulation, map, document,
paper, or other record of the United States to the community-based
outpatient clinic referred to in subsection (b) shall be considered to
be a reference to the Colonel Demas T. Craw VA Clinic.
Approved December 14, 2016.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 3492:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 162 (2016):
Dec. 1, considered and passed Senate.
Dec. 6, considered and passed House.