The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*McGRAW, FRANCIS X.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Company H, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and Date Near
Schevenhutte, Germany, 19 November 1944. Entered Service at: Camden. N.J. Birth:
Philadelphia, Pa. G.O. No.: 92, 25 October 1945.
He manned a heavy machinegun emplaced in a foxhole near Schevenhutte, Germany, on 19
November 1944, when the enemy launched a fierce counterattack. Braving an intense
hour-long preparatory barrage, he maintained his stand and poured deadly accurate fire
into the advancing foot troops until they faltered and came to a halt. The hostile forces
brought up a machinegun in an effort to dislodge him but were frustrated when he lifted
his gun to an exposed but advantageous position atop a log, courageously stood up in his
foxhole and knocked out the enemy weapon. A rocket blasted his gun from position, but he
retrieved it and continued firing. He silenced a second machinegun and then made repeated
trips over fire-swept terrain to replenish his ammunition supply. Wounded painfully in
this dangerous task, he disregarded his injury and hurried back to his post, where his
weapon was showered with mud when another rocket barely missed him. In the midst of the
battle, with enemy troops taking advantage of his predicament to press forward, he calmly
cleaned his gun, put it back into action and drove off the attackers. He continued to fire
until his ammunition was expended, when, with a fierce desire to close with the enemy, he
picked up a carbine, killed 1 enemy soldier, wounded another and engaged in a desperate
firefight with a third until he was mortally wounded by a burst from a machine pistol. The
extraordinary heroism and intrepidity displayed by Pvt. McGraw inspired his comrades to
great efforts and was a major factor in repulsing the enemy attack.