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HARRY GRIFFITH CRAMER


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 78 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • CPT Harry G. Cramer - Birthday Remembrance (91st)

    Posted on 5/24/17 - by kr
    The “Friends of Rocky Versace” once again remember one of Rocky’s fellow alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, CPT Harry Griffith Cramer - the first USMA graduate to die in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, on what would’ve been his 91st birthday - 24 May 2017.
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  • Silver Star Citation (Korean War)

    Posted on 10/21/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Harry Griffith Cramer
    Date of death: DNB: October 21, 1957
    Home of record: Johnstown Pennsylvania
    Status: DNB

    Harry Cramer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1946. He was killed in a training accident in South Vietnam in 1957.
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    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Korean War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Harry Griffith Cramer (ASN: 0-28409), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Company B, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in Korea. On 28 March 1951, friendly forces launched an attack on strong hostile positions near Haeryong, Korea. When his platoon was halted by devastating fire just short of the crest, Lieutenant Cramer charged the emplacements with fixed bayonet to inflict numerous casualties on the entrenched foe. His bold action so inspired his men that they charged through the position to drive the remaining enemy fight. Lieutenant Cramer's valorous leadership reflects the highest credit on himself and the United States Armed Forces.

    General Orders: Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 305 (May 29, 1951)

    Action Date: March 28, 1951

    Service: Army

    Rank: First Lieutenant

    Company: Company B

    Regiment: 24th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 25th Infantry Division
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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 6/1/16 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    CAPT Harry G. Cramer Jr. was a Special Forces qualified infantry unit commander assigned to the Mobile Training Team, 14th Special Operations Detachment, 1st Special Forces Group, MAAGV. On October 21, 1957, CAPT Cramer was conducting an ambush drill in a field near Nha Trang. A Vietnamese soldier near Cramer was readying to throw a lit block of TNT when it prematurely detonated. The TNT was later determined to have deteriorated in storage and was unstable. Cramer died instantly and other members of the team and their students were wounded. He was considered the first U.S. casualty of the Vietnam War. His name was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in 1983. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and wikipedia.org]
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  • CPT Harry G. Cramer - Birthday Remembrance (90th)

    Posted on 5/24/16 - by kr
    The “Friends of Rocky Versace” remember one of Rocky’s fellow alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, CPT Harry Griffith Cramer, on what would’ve been his 90th birthday - 24 May 2016.
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  • For CAPT. Harry Griffith CRAMER, USA...another of Johnstown's bravest of heroes, who gave his all!!!

    Posted on 4/29/16
    He loved us so.
    Every day, in a hundred ways, he told us so.
    In honesty, in affection, he told us so.
    He loved us so.
    Every day, in a hundred ways, he showed us so.
    With loyalty and bravery, he showed us so.
    He was our defender, and he kept us free!
    He took an oath to guard us, and fought for liberty!
    He loved us so, and new should know.
    For we loved him so.
    Captain Cramer, you were the very essence of DUTY!...HONOR!...and COUNTRY! You had been there and done that in Vietnam! You were one brave man who did brave deeds for our America! You fought for the right without question or pause! You were the first one from our country to give his life in Vietnam! Your name and fame are the BIRTHRIGHT of EVERY American citizen! In your youth and strength...your love and loyalty...you had given all that mortality can give to defend liberty everywhere! Johnstown is very proud of you, Sir! You sacrificed your life so that freedom and justice may live! You had lived up to the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land!...an ideal SO NOBLE that it arouses in all of us a sense of pride, and yet, of humility! I strongly believe and honestly, too, that Avonmore's own Jill Corey,. whom I greatly and immensely admire as one of my three top favorite songbirds of all time, the other two being Walton-on-Thames's mown Julie Andrews, England's musical queen, and London's own Dusty Springfield, another thrush from England, would be very proud of your service to America, and the sacrifices you made to keep us and our country free! Well done, Captain! Be thou at peace. GO ARMY, SIR! ARMY STRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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