Michael Croom CRAWFORD
Member of the Order of the British Empire
Major Michael Crawford was commissioned in the Australian Staff Corps on 13 December 1965 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Artillery. He was appointed to command 104th Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery on 27 November 1967 and arrived in South Vietnam on 21 May 1968. His Battery was allotted in direct support of 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
Major Crawford displayed outstanding leadership and devotion to duty which resulted in exceptionally high standards of moral and operational efficiency in his battery. His technical knowledge, judgement and meticulous attention to detail was responsible for the rapid and accurate application of supporting fire and was instrumental in reducing the number of casualties sustained by 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
Major Crawford’s ability to cooperate with supported arms and the reliability of his battery in action impressed all ranks of the 4th Battalion and developed in them a supreme confidence in the employment of close supporting artillery fire. When required as an aerial observer he personally directed artillery support with skill and without regard to personal safety.
Throughout eleven months of continuous operations Major Crawford’s coolness, professional ability and outstanding leadership were a source of inspiration both to his own unit and the battalion which he supported.
Member of the Order of the British Empire [MBE]
Royal Australian Artillery