CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the House will consider S. 3492, A bill to designate the Traverse City VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Traverse City, Michigan, as the “Colonel Demas T. Craw VA Clinic”, under suspension of the rules. S. 3492 was introduced on December 1, 2016, by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and passed the Senate by unanimous consent on December 1, 2016.
S. 3492 designates the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Traverse City, Michigan, as the “Colonel Demas T. Craw VA Clinic.”
Demas T. “Nick” Craw was born in Traverse City, Michigan on April 9, 1900. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Army, and was discharged two years later to enter the United States Military Academy. Upon graduation as a Second Lieutenant, Craw applied for pilot training in the Air Service. After completing training, Craw did time in Hawaii, Alabama, and Virginia before traveling overseas for combat.
Craw was named an officer for Major General Lucian K. Truscott, commanding one of the sub-task forces of Operation Torch; an invasion of North Africa. Truscott and Craw worked with Truscott’s intelligence officer, Major Pierpoint M. Hamilton, to deliver a message to the French commander at Port Lyautey. As they made an effort to land on a local jetty in the Sebou River, French forces became alerted and forced them onto the shore in the battle. Hamilton, Craw, and Truscott located a Jeep and directed the driver to cross the French lines. The officers waved unfurled and white flags to alert the French that their passage was neutral. The Jeep proceeded cautiously through the Port, until a hidden machine gun attacked the officers and killed Craw instantly with a shot to his chest. Hamilton and the driver were captured; however, Hamilton eventually completed his mission and spoke with the French commander.
Both Officers Hamilton and Craw received the Medal of Honor for their actions in Operation Torch.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently not available.
For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.