Harry G. Cramer, Jr.
War or Conflict: World War II, Korea, Vietnam
Years of Service: 14
Harry G. Cramer, Jr. was a third-generation soldier born in Johnstown, PA in 1926. He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1946 as the youngest of 800 cadets in his class. Harry was wounded twice in the Korean War while serving as a company commander in the 25th Infantry Division, and earned the Silver Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Combat Infantry Badge. He volunteered for duty with the original US Army Special Forces, and deployed to Vietnam in 1957 as commander of the first A Team to serve in that country. He was killed near Nha Trang on October 21, 1957. He is buried at the USMA cemetery at West Point, and is now recognized as the first US combat casualty of the Vietnam War.
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