85th Infantry Division in World War II
The 85th Infantry Division in World War II


The Congressional Medal of Honor

 

Custer Division Sergeant Christos H. Karaberis
Company L, 337th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division
Sgt. Christos H. Karaberis

Christos Karaberis was born on April 16, 1914 in Manchester, New Hampshire and entered service there in 1942. Assigned to Company L, 337th Infantry, Sgt. Karaberis experienced the harsh combat of the Gothic Line and the subsequent push into the North Apennines mountains during the last two weeks of September 1944. On September 30, the Custer Division was ordered to attack north above Firenzoula, Italy with the 337th Infantry leading the attack on the division's left flank. Near Guignola, Italy on October 1, 1944, Company L was in the center of the 3rd Battalion's assault, moving along a narrow ridge toward a small enemy-held village.

Citation: Sergeant Christos H. Karaberis, Company L, 337th Infantry, United States Army
"Leading a squad of Company L, he gallantly cleared the way for his company's approach along a ridge toward its objective, the Casoni di Remagna. When his platoon was pinned down by heavy fire from enemy mortars, machine guns, machine pistols, and rifles, he climbed in advance of his squad on a maneuver around the left flank to locate and eliminate the enemy gun positions. Undeterred by deadly fire that ricocheted off the barren rocky hillside, he crept to the rear of the first machine gun and charged, firing his submachine gun. In this surprise attack he captured eight prisoners and turned them over to his squad before striking out alone for a second machine gun. Discovered in his advance and subjected to direct fire from the hostile weapon, he leaped to his feet and ran forward, weaving and crouching, pouring automatic fire into the emplacement that killed four of its defenders and forced the surrender of a lone survivor. He again moved forward through heavy fire to attack a third machine gun. When close to the emplacement, he closed with a nerve-shattering shout and burst of fire. Paralyzed by his whirlwind attack, all four gunners immediately surrendered. Once more advancing aggressively in the face of a thoroughly alerted enemy, he approached a point of high ground occupied by two machine guns which were firing on his company on the slope below. Charging the first of these weapons, he killed four of the crew and captured three more. The six defenders of the adjacent position, cowed by the savagery of his assault, immediately gave up. By his one man attack, heroically and voluntarily undertaken in the face of tremendous risks, Sgt. Karaberis captured five enemy machine gun positions, killed eight Germans, took twenty two prisoners, cleared the ridge leading to his company's objective, and drove a deep wedge into the enemy line, making it possible for his battalion to occupy important, commanding ground."

(*General Order No. 97, 1 November 1945.)

 

After the war, Karaberis legally changed his name to Chris Carr and continued in service through the Korean Conflict. Karaberis (Carr) died in Los Angeles, California on September 16, 1970 and is buried in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.


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