Richard E. Kraus
Private First Class Richard Edward Kraus served in the United States Marine Corps for the 8th Amphibian Tractor Battalion and as a member of the Fleet Marine Force. Kraus was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on August 2, 1945. Where on October 3, 1944 he demonstrated immense bravery and courage in the Peleliu, Palau Islands. When he and three fellow soldiers were attempting to rescue a wounded man near the front lines. However they were soon forced to abandon this mission and suddenly found themselves under heavy gunfire. As they returned to safety they were approached by two men they thought were Marines, but in fact turned out to be Japanese soldiers. One of which then tossed a grenade directly at the men and acting quickly saw Kraus throw himself onto it. Thereby absorbing the full impact and at the cost of his life, but in the process saved the lives of his fellow soldiers.
October 03, 1944