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Gary Alan Craven

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  5/22/50

Birth Place:  Springfield, MA

Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Protestant

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

Father's Name:  Arthur W. Craven Jr.

Mother's Name:  Dorothea E. (Nascembeni) Craven

Marital Status:  Single


School Attended:  Hiram L. Dorman School, Springfield, MA

School Start Date:  9/7/55

School Attended:  John J. Duggan Junior High School, Springfield, MA

School Start Date:  9/4/63

School Attended:  Technical High School, Springfield, MA

School Start Date:  9/7/66

High School Diploma:  Yes

Diploma Year:  1969

Selective Service Data:

SSS Local Board Number:  81

SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA

SSS Registration Date:  6/6/68  

SSS Registrant Description:  5' 9"/185 pounds/brown hair/blue eyes

Military Service Record:

Entry Date:  6/26/69

Entry Mode:  Enlistment

Entry Location:  Springfield, MA

Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA

Military Branch:  Marine Corps

Military Component:  Regular

Rank:  Private

Rank Abbrev:  PVT

Pay Grade:  E1

MOS:  811

MOS Title:  Field Artillery Batteryman

Awards Received:  National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Length Of Service:  1 year

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced:  2/1/70

Major Command:  1st Marine Division

Sub Command 1:  11th Marines

Sub Command 2:  1st 175mm Gun Battery (SP)

Base Location:  Da Nang, South Vietnam

Vehicle/Equipment Type:  M107 175mm Gun

Army Campaign Number:  13th

Army Campaign Name:  Sanctuary Counteroffensive

Casualty Data:

Casualty Date:  9/3/70

Casualty Age:  20

Casualty Data 1:  Non-Hostile

Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty

Casualty Data 3:  Other Accident

Casualty Province:  Quang Nam Province

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam

Located In Or Near:  Northern Artillery Cantonment

Body:  Recovered


Burial Location:  Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA 

Burial Plot Location:  Section 5, Grave 231.  Grave 231 is in the area of Section 5 where sections 8, 9, and L all meet [7 rows from Newell Ave. and 17 graves from Beach Ave.].

Burial Date:  9/17/70

Consigned Funeral Home:  Byron Funeral Home, Springfield, MA

Escort Name:  2LT Bruce E. Thompson, USMC 

(Bruce Thompson died of cancer in Springfield, MA, on June 10, 2008 at age 60.  He left his wife, Margaret, of thirty-six years, and sons Ryan and Patrick.  Mr. Thompson was Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke since 1979.  Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Thompson's memory to The Boys and Girls Club, 70 Cosmos Way, Holyoke, MA 01040).

Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  44th

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  07W

                                                  Line Number:  36

Craven Letter

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