SPC Christopher Avon McCraw

23 April 1986 – 14 October 2008 

SPC McCraw was born on April 23, 1985 in Columbia, MS. On February 28, 2007, SPC McCraw volunteered to join the United States Army during a time of war. He attended one station unit training at Delta Company, 1-19 IN, at Fort Benning, GA. Upon completion of training, SPC McCraw was put on orders to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. There, he was assigned to 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1-21 Infantry. Less than two months later, he was in Iraq, initially serving as a rifleman and later as a M240B machine gunner. SPC McCraw completed over three hundred missions while deployed to the Abu Ghraib province and Sadir City.

He will be remembered as a father, Soldier, and friend. His positive attitude, friendly demeanor, and goofy smile always cheered up his fellow Soldiers. Everyone in the platoon knew how much he loved his son because he would always talk about him. His other favorite topic of discussion was professional wrestling. Always with a smile on his face, SPC McCraw could be counted on t accomplish any mission and would execute it without question. He was an honorable Soldier who was committed to service and the call of our nation.

SPC McCraw is survived by his father, Avon McCraw; his mother, Mary McCraw; his son, Isaac Curtis McCraw; and his fiancée, Brianna Bell.

SPC McCraw’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge