Clarence Craft joined the Army from Santa Ana, California in September 1944, and by May 31, 1945 was serving as a private first class in Company G, 382nd Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division. On that day, on Okinawa Island, he single-handedly attacked the Japanese-held "Hen Hill". After reaching the summit and throwing numerous hand grenades at enemy positions on the reverse slope, he assaulted the main Japanese trench, chased the defenders into a cave, and destroyed the cave with an explosive device. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor six months later, on November 1, 1945.
Over a 10 year period, Craft logged over 9,300 hours assisting veterans at the Fayetteville Veterans Administration Medical Center as a volunteer. Craft died at age 80 and was buried in Fayetteville National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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