Posted by: Jacqui Murray | December 11, 2013

Wednesday Hero: Cpl. Michael Crescenz

Cpl. Michael J. CrescenzCpl. Michael J. Crescenz
U.S. Army 19 years old from Philadelphia, Penn.
4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade
January 14, 1949 – November 20, 1968

On Nov. 20, 1968, Michael J. Crescenz of Philadelphia walked into an ambush on Nui Chom. His squad was pinned down when he made a snap decision to grab an M60 machine gun and charge the bunkers. He took out three, killing six enemy soldiers who may have been dumbstruck in their last seconds to see a lone American running into their fusillade of bullets.

As he charged a fourth bunker, Crescenz, 19, was killed.

For his heroism, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor:

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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  1. Yes, they are heroes. A friend I grew up with recently sent me a photo from our early teens – the whole group of us – it brought it all back on the ones I saw that died in Nam. (and then I lost my son, 20 yrs. old, USMC 1992)


    • I’m so sorry to hear that. My son’s in the Middle East, due home soon. I can’t wait. My daughter’s in DC with the Navy–not sure how much safer that is than the rest of the world.


      • It seems nowhere is safe any more, thanks to the terrorists. Your own shopping mall could be the next target – who ever knows? We can all just do our best in the life we have.


      • That is good advice. I get almost frantic at times, thinking of what goes on in the world.




    • Looks like a worthy fundraiser, Dan. Thanks for posting it.


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