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Marine with Local Roots Highly Decorated

Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Bryan Crawford of the 12th Marine District was honorably discharged from active duty out of the United States Marine Corps on December 19, 2017. This article is to honor his service. He is the son of Margaret and Theodore Harris, and the later Bobby Crawford. He has three brothers and one sister.

Chris is a 1995 graduate of Mena High School and alongside his service, her was an EMT/Paramedic for Southwest EMS.

He started his service to the country as a rifleman for 19 years and 11 months. This also includes becoming specialized as a light armored recon marine for eight years and ten months. His final three years in the Marine Corps were carried out as a recruiter.

Mr. Crawford never bragged or even mentioned his accomplishments in the military, but upon completion of this service, his mother received a letter of dischard, which contained a list of his awards.

Those awards include: Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Combat Action Ribbon (OIF1), Presidential Unit Citation – Navy, Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (2), Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 star), Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (OEF), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (2), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3), Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with ‘m’ device), NATO Medal – ISAF Afghanistan, Letter of Appreciation, Meritorius Mast (8), Expert Rifle Qualification Badge (3), Marksman Pistol Qualification Badge, participated in OEF, BSRF 14.1, and Romania.

“To know my son had accomplished such great things with such a humble spirit brought tears to my eyes,” said his mother, Margaret Harris. “His family is so proud of the man he is, his accomplishments, and his service to our country.”

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