The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*CRESCENZ, MICHAEL J.
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, Company A, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, American Division. Place
and date: Hiep Duc Valley area, Republic of Vietnam, 20 November 1968. Entered
service at: Philadelphia, PA. Born: 14 January 1949, Philadelphia, Pa.
Cpl. Crescenz distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action
while serving as a rifleman with Company A. In the morning his unit engaged a large,
well-entrenched force of the North Vietnamese Army whose initial burst of fire pinned down
the lead squad and killed the 2 point men, halting the advance of Company A. Immediately,
Cpl. Crescenz left the relative safety of his own position, seized a nearby machinegun
and, with complete disregard for his safety, charged 100 meters up a slope toward the
enemy's bunkers which he effectively silenced, killing the 2 occupants of each. Undaunted
by the withering machinegun fire around him, Cpl. Crescenz courageously moved forward
toward a third bunker which he also succeeded in silencing, killing 2 more of the enemy
and momentarily clearing the route of advance for his comrades. Suddenly, intense
machinegun fire erupted from an unseen, camouflaged bunker. Realizing the danger to his
fellow soldiers, Cpl. Crescenz disregarded the barrage of hostile fire directed at him and
daringly advanced toward the position. Assaulting with his machinegun, Cpl. Crescenz was
within 5 meters of the bunker when he was mortally wounded by the fire from the enemy
machinegun. As a direct result of his heroic actions, his company was able to maneuver
freely with minimal danger and to complete its mission, defeating the enemy. Cpl.
Crescenz's bravery and extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the