Lester Cravey

Eau Claire Man Gets Bronze Star
LONDON, July 11 (AP) Sergeant Lester Cravey of 341 Water Street, Eau Claire, WI, was one of 16 soldiers awarded the Bronze Star today for bravery against the enemy.

Eau Claire Man Awarded Bronze Star in France
WITH 2ND INFANTRY DIVISION in France. For helping his wounded buddies while under heavy gunfire, Staff Sergeant Lester Cravey, Eau Claire, was recently awarded the Bronze Star. The citation said:

"On June 16, one squad of Infantrymen was given the mission of protecting some guns east of Verigny.  While the position of these guns was heavily shelled by mortars and artillery and received some machine gun fire, three men were hit and wounded.

"Staff Sergeant Cravey and Sergeant Julian J. Huffman went, at once, to their aid, applied compresses and bandages to wounds, stopping the bleeding. They then carried the men 100 yards to safety through the barrage."

Sergeant Cravey's wife, Hester, lives at 341 Water Street, Eau Claire.


Infantryman in France Wounded in Action July 3
S/SGT. LESTER CRAVEY
Staff Sergeant Lester Cravey was wounded in action in France on July 3, according to word from the War Department received by his wife, who resides at 341 Water Street.

Sergeant Cravey left for overseas duty in September 1943 and was associated with an Infantry unit.