Born on August 6, 1924, David Aiken Crawford Jr. was the only child of David Aiken Crawford and Emelyn Rosborough Macfie Crawford. He was born and grew up in Winnsboro, South Carolina.
A graduate of Mount Zion Institute, David was in his sophomore year at Clemson University, where he was a member of the Clemson Corps of Cadets, when he enlisted in the US Army Reserve on December 10, 1942. He trained at Fort McClellan and Fort Meade, and now on active duty status, sailed for England in January 1944 where he was assigned to I Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, US 29th Infantry Division.
On DDay, June 6, 1944 at around 0730 hrs, Pfc. David Crawford Jr. landed under heavy enemy fire on the Easy Green sector of Omaha Beach as part of the second wave to hit the Normandy beach. He survived that hellish day as his unit fought their way off the beach and into the vicinity of Les Moulin and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, but he would not be so fortunate the following day. On June 7th, as his battalion cleared the German defenders from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer and pushed towards Vierville-sur-Mer, 19 year-old David Crawford Jr. was killed in action. On July 24, his parents received the official telegram informing them of his death. He was one of 376 Clemson alumni lost in WWII.
David was buried in the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery at Colleville, then later repatriated back to the US and reinterred in his homechurch, Bethel Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
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